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Siouxland teens help Haitians stitch by stitch

The Siouxland teens started their business called Revived. The Siouxland teens started their business called Revived.
SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (KTIV) - For Lauren Lennon and Sarah Sadler, a mission trip to Haiti changed they way they thought about the world and helping others.  Now, the two teens are hard at work to help as many people in Haiti as possible.

With each stitch on the sewing machine and each row on the knitting needles, the best friends work together.  Their mission?  To help clothe the kids of Haiti one stitch at a time.

"I think God calls us to feed them, clothe them, and generally help them, and love others and that's what we try to do with our business," says Lennon.

Their business is called Revived.  The two teens started it a few years ago as a way to raise money to go on a trip to Haiti with their church.  

"I started making scarves and the orders kept coming and coming and coming, so I recruited Lauren and it went over well and it became pretty popular," says Sadler.

They also made pillowcase dresses and gave them to Haitian girls during their trip.

"There are different sized pillowcases, so they held them up to themselves and picked which ones they liked best," says Lennon.  "They were just really excited and so thankful for everything."

"Coming back from Haiti, we saw a need for nice clothes down there because people don't go to church unless they have nice clothes to wear, so then we started making T-shirts, too, and when people buy one we give one to a kid down there, too." says Sadler.

Inspired by their experiences in the third world country, they've kept their crafting business going strong.  They've sold scores of scarves to family and friends in Siouxland and sewed dozens of dresses.

"It encourages us to give whatever we have to people and what we do have, we should share it with people who are less fortunate than ourselves," says Sadler.

"In America where people have everything, and it's hard to realize that 3,000 miles away in Haiti, they don't even have food to eat for the day, so I'm really passionate about helping them and I want other people to join in, too," says Lennon.

With just a few months until their next trip to Haiti, their faith motivates them stitch by stitch.

The girls sell the T-shirts for $15.  The scarves are also $15 or two for $25.  It's $10 to buy a pillowcase dress for a Haitian girl.

They are also always looking for donations of yarn, pillowcases, and ribbon.

For more information about Revived, head over to their Facebook page or follow the teens on Twitter.
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