Meet Lillian Weber. She’s teaching us all that age is just a number.
The 99-year-old makes a dress a day for a little girl she has never met.
“I could probably make two a day, but I only make one.” She told WQAD. “It’s just one of those things that you just learn how to do and enjoy.”
Over the past two years Lillian has made over 850 dresses.
“I have to be busy,” she said.
On May 6th, Lillian will turn 100 years old. Her goal is to finish her 1000th around the same time.
According to Lillian’s daughter, she wants each dress to be as unique as each child receiving the gift. “She personalizes them all, I mean it’s not good enough that she makes the dress, she has to put something on the front to make it look special…”
She starts to work on a dress in the morning, takes a break midday, and then puts finishing touches on it by the afternoon. While her routine may sounds tedious, her obvious joy in her work has been inspiring to many.
“When I get to that 1000th, if I’m able to, I won’t quit.” She said.
However, one wish Lillian had was to see a dress delivered to a recipient. This will happen early next year, when the founder of Little Dresses for Africa will go back to the continent and hand-deliver one of Lillian’s dresses to a child.