Kids Doing Good Stuff: Sewing for strangers

Bailey Chance (left) has learned how to help others by listening to her grandmother, Nancy Geren (center). (KATU Photo)

Grandparents can teach us a lot if we are willing to listen.

Eighth-grader Bailey Chance, who goes to Floyd Light Middle School, took the lessons she learned from her grandma and is now helping change the world.

Bailey, 13, learned how to sew from her grandma, Nancy Geren, when she was 9 years old. The dresses she’s made aren’t for her or even her friends, they’re for people she’s never met.

“We’re working for an organization called Dress a Girl Around the World, and we’re taking donations,” said Bailey.

The dresses Bailey makes will go to places like Haiti, where girls there have survived natural disasters and lost everything. The organization brings them hope.

“Their goal is to help girls in poverty all around the world. They work with 82 different countries,” she said.

Nancy spends a lot of time with Bailey, but says her granddaughter has taken the lessons she’s taught her to help more than herself.

“It’s one thing to introduce her to the skill – sewing, knitting – but for her to take it upon herself and give other people in this,” Nancy said.

This isn’t Bailey’s first charitable act. Last year, at the young age of 12, she chose to help those at the end of their life.

“We made hospice baskets with spa cloths, bath salts and soap, and we gave them to nurses and patients,” she said.

People are taking notice that you’re never too young to help others.

“Even the organization Dress a Girl Around the World is now showing her as a representation that a 13-year-old girl did these dresses herself,” said Nancy.

It’s a lesson Bailey wants to teach others her age.

“That no matter how young you are, you can change the world a little at a time,” she said. “You don’t have to do it big – that no matter how small, you’re always helping someone.”

Bailey is raising money to go on an educational trip to Europe.

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