A book titled "The Hundred Dresses," by Eleanor Estes (Sandpiper, $7.99), was at the heart of an activity that started in January in the Paradise 4th Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Young Women President Jeanne Fenton challenged both the young and older women of her ward to read the book about an immigrant girl who has only one faded, blue dress but tells the girls who tease her that she has 100 dresses. Because she is bullied, she moves away, and in her closet they find sketches of 100 dresses, Fenton said.
After reading the book, Fenton asked the women to donate new or gently used dresses of any size.
"We stopped counting after 225," Fenton said. "We gave the majority of the dresses to the Women's Shelter in Logan. The brand-new ones will go to the Christmas Box House, and others, I'm hoping, can be given to the immigrants."
At a dinner March 21, participants put on a program and displayed the dresses around the room.