Hundreds of pillowcase dresses and cover-ups decorated the walls last week where more than 58 women from different denominations gathered for the third annual Days of Sisterhood Service Project.
In the past, Days of Sisterhood was run and organized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Rock Cliff Stake, but this year, organizers decided to reach out and create an interfaith effort.
"The whole point of this activity is to serve others," said LDS organizer Jenna Beers, "but it was also meant to show the women of all of the denominations, including our own, that we have more in common than we have differences."
Women from Glory to God Community Church, Community of Christ Church, Trinity Presbyterian Church and the LDS Rock Cliff Stake joined together to help the community.
"It's great to work together all for the same purpose -- to strengthen our neighborhoods and come together in service," said Heather Stephenson, one of the participants in the service project.
The project began back in December, when committees were organized and emails were sent out to various denominations asking for ideas.
By May, work-at-home projects were announced and women all over Ogden were using their own materials to make pillowcase dresses for children in Africa and large bibs, called cover-ups, for assisted living centers.
Before long, youth camps for the Community of Christ church were tying fleece blankets for the Juvenile Justice Service Ogden Observation and Assessment Center, and community members from all over Ogden were bringing in used clothing, toys, shoes and even kitchen appliances for a community swap that ran Aug. 3-4.
Organizers made a special effort to get work-at-home projects to those who have limited mobility.
"I think it's really helped them feel like they're part of the outside world, even though they don't get out," Beers said.
While the dresses will be sent to Africa, most of the projects are focused on serving the Ogden area. Preemie burial kits will be sent to McKay-Dee Hospital, hygiene kits will be sent to St. Anne's Center or handed out to the homeless in Ogden, and emergency items were collected for the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.
Some organizers even slipped away during the Aug. 4 event so they could serve watermelon to the older adults living in Union Gardens.
"There are great needs here -- not that we don't have compassion for those Third World countries -- but there are great needs here," Beers said.
In the end, 100 hygiene kits were collected, 36 fleece blankets were tied, 41 blankets were prepared for the youths at the Ogden O & A Center to tie and send to Christmas Box House, 84 preemie burial kits were collected, 193 cover-ups were sewn, 233 pillowcase dresses were made, and rooms full of items were donated for the community swap.
On Aug. 3 and 4, everyone came together to organize and put finishing touches on the various projects.
Organizers said they felt like the service helped participants as much as it helped those being served.
"With the preemie kits, it's been really good hearing women say, 'I lost a baby so I really want to be part of this,' or 'This has been a really healing experience for me,' " Beers said.
In the end, organizers weren't sure how many people participated because so much of the work was done behind the scenes.
"I just think it's nice for the community to come together," said Community of Christ organizer Doris Cadmin.
"We're all working for the same thing, which is the good of mankind."