100-Year-Old Woman Gets A Job Serving Others Around The World
Eva Bossenberger may be 100 years old but she is still using her talent to positively impact others. With her gift of sewing, Eva regularly creates hand-sewn dresses for little girls all over the world through a donation program at Samaritan’s Purse. And it all started with a big request from her pastor!
Practice Makes Perfect
When Eva was a little girl growing up in Detroit, Michigan, she spent hours watching her mother work as a seamstress. In turn, Eva picked up the skill, practicing and practicing until she got it down pat. Eva worked alongside her mother to help support the family, especially during the busy seasons between October and December when warm coats were in high demand.
At the same time, Eva’s parents also raised her in church and she developed a strong faith in God, which would eventually direct her to use her gift of sewing to help others. As Eva got older, she began to make her own clothes as well as clothes for her daughters. Widowed at just 36 years old, Eva worked as a police officer and grocery cashier to provide for her children. She also made clothes while staying involved in church as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, and mission supporter.
A Big Request
Eva’s dedication to the church over the years did not go unnoticed, especially not by her pastor. Eva’s pastor asked the woman if she could create 180 home-made items for Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse. The popular charity program uses shoeboxes to transport non-perishable items like toys, school supplies, and clothing to children in need across the globe just in time for the holiday season.
For the now-100-year-old, it was a huge task but she was excited about the challenge. She decided that she would make beautiful dresses that could be placed inside shoeboxes and that it would be her way of serving others. “At first it took me a day and a half to make a dress. Now, I can get three done in a day,” she admitted. It requires her to wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning, but she doesn’t mind at all. “I love it. I can’t get up on a platform and give a message—that isn’t my work. The Lord gave me hands with no arthritis, so I do a lot of sewing,” Eva said of her work. “I’ve been given a talent and I make use of it. I’m doing what the Lord has asked me to do,” she said of her work.
A Greater Mission
On the Samaritan’s Purse site, the organization gives a detailed statement about the mission of Operation Christmas Child. “Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization,” the statement reads. “Our mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We ship these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.”
For Eva, she believes that her work is a testament to the fact that you’re never too old to try your hand at something. She also hopes that the dresses will bring joy to girls across the world. In fact, she likes to envision what it’s like when the girls open their gifts. “I can see it in my mind. Plane landing and their little hands out for a box, and they open them up and they’re just thrilled. God bless each one,” she said.
More in Impact
Florida Man Goes The Extra Mile To Solve School Lunch Debt In His Town
School lunch debt is becoming a major problem for communities throughout the U.S. Some school districts have accumulated literally millions of dollars of...November 14, 2019
Pre-Recorded Message Played At Irish Man’s Funeral Turns Mourners Tears To Laughter
A year before his death, Jonathan Bradley’s father approached him for help with a project. Shay Bradley knew his time on...November 11, 2019
Football Team Holds Emotional ‘Pinkout’ To Honor Rival Coach’s Late Wife
Blake Anderson, the coach of the Arkansas State football team, was dealing with plenty of emotions as his team entered the...November 10, 2019
Garbage Collector Celebrates 100-Year-Old Woman’s Birthday With Special Surprise
No one should have to celebrate their birthday alone—especially if it’s their 100th birthday. Knowing this, Ben Bird, a garbage collector of...November 7, 2019
Firefighters Thought Waitress Was Helping Them, Then They Realized She Needed Them Even More
Back in 2015, 24-year-old waitress Liz Woodward paid for the meals of two fighters who were just off what could have...November 7, 2019
Instead Of PE, These Students Get Credit For Helping Their Community
Tim Hitzler is one of the many teachers who are making a real difference in the lives of their students. He...November 3, 2019
Woman’s Epic 57-Day Search For Her Missing Dog Kept Us On The Edge Of Our Seats
Many pet owners look at their pets as true members of the family that they don’t want to live without. Carole...October 31, 2019
After Losing Her Mom, One Little Girl Gets Her Hair Braided Every Morning By Her School Bus Driver
No one should ever have to lose a parent at a young age. For 11-year-old Isabella Pieri, this was her reality...October 31, 2019
Quick-Thinking Kindergartner Saves Substitute Teacher’s Life
Most kindergarteners have a good day when they remember to tie their shoes and stand quietly in line. Six-year-old Max Meza...October 30, 2019