WATCH: Meet the 100-Year-Old Seamstress Who’s Sending Her Dresses All Over the World
She’s a sewing machine.
When Eva Bossenberger’s pastor asked her to make 180 items to be sent to young girls across the globe in time for Christmas, she revved up the Singer sewing machine she’s had for more than 70 years.
“The Lord gave me hands with no arthritis, so I do a lot of sewing,” says the Zionsville, North Carolina, resident. “I’ve been given a talent, and I make use of it.”
Eva is making 180 dresses and jumpers to be packed into shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry project by Samaritan’s Purse that brings Christmas gifts to children in more than 100 countries across the world.
“I put two pockets on the jumper, and only one pocket on the dress,” says Eva of the pieces she sews from a McCall’s pattern that her daughter gave her. “They’re all colors, with all different patterns and designs in the trim part.”
So far, she’s made 112 dresses and jumpers, with number 113 on the machine.
“I try to get two done every day, but then I have people come by and visit me, and that takes hours away,” she says. “But I make up for it by waking up early. This morning, it was 4 o’clock.”
But Eva, who’ll turn 101 at the end of October, doesn’t mind the early morning call to the sewing machine.
“It keeps me going. It keeps me alive. And it keeps me doing what the Lord wants me to do.”
Eva’s dresses will be packed into Operation Christmas Child boxes in November, and then sent to young girls all over the world.
“I can see it yet in my mind: the plane landing and their little hands out for a box, and they open them up and they just, they’re just so thrilled. I can just picture them putting them on right over their...whatever they’ve got on,” says Eva. “There’s going to be a lot of happiness, and I’m glad I’m a part of it.”
Learn how to pack your own shoebox for Operation Christmas Child here.