2013-04-25 / Top News

Ohlhauser reunion produces pillow case dresses for charity in Haiti


Pictured are, front, left to right, Amanda Gill and Emily Remmick; back Paulette Devos, Holly Johnson and Violet Ohlhauser. Pictured are, front, left to right, Amanda Gill and Emily Remmick; back Paulette Devos, Holly Johnson and Violet Ohlhauser. The Ohlhauser Family gets together every year for Thanksgiving at a place called Red Willow Bible Camp near Binford. It is a time of giving thanks not only for health, food, family and all the things we so take for granted every day, but also for fun, games and lots and lots of crafts!

Each year something is done to raise money for the Bible Camp and/or a certain “Charity of Choice.” The charity for Thanksgiving of 2012 was to make “Pillow Case Dresses” for the little girls in Haiti.

Along with five sewing machines, the tables were filled with everything needed to make these pillow case dresses thanks to donations by Pam Adrian, Holly Johnson and others.

In all, 52 dresses in all sizes were made by Violet Ohlhauser of Linton and her girls, Pam Adrian of Binford; Holly and Lacey Johnson of Lisbon; Paulette and Aimee Devos,Amanda and Caroline Gill and Bonnie Ohlhauser, all of Bismarck; Emily Remmick of Mandan; Laura, Amber and Jessica Ohlhauser, all of Lakota; Shannon Johnson of Thompson; Kara Speidel of Maple Grove, Minn.; Nicole Nieuwsma and Katie Nieuwsma of Linton, and Carol Miller of Cooperstown (mother of Laura Ohlhauser).


This sweet little Haitian girl that received Jessica’s dress. This sweet little Haitian girl that received Jessica’s dress. The charity, which is responsible for the Haitian Dresses, is run by both Pastor David Stockeland and his son Mark and family. Pastor David is originally from Binford and is the son of Tom and Marion Stockeland.

Because of the work of good people and volunteers at the sewing machines, the completed dresses were sent off to the Haiti Bible Mission in Jeremie, and photos of the girls wearing the dresses have returned to warm the hearts of those involved.


Caroline Gill, granddaughter of David and Pam Adrian, helps iron. Caroline Gill, granddaughter of David and Pam Adrian, helps iron. Plans for additional projects are always being considered by the Ohlhauser family.



These are the 52 dresses ready to be sent to Haiti. These are the 52 dresses ready to be sent to Haiti.

Jessica shows a dress she finished. Jessica shows a dress she finished.


Busy sewing are Jessica, front, and Laura Ohlhauser. Busy sewing are Jessica, front, and Laura Ohlhauser.

Another little girl models a pillowcase dress. Another little girl models a pillowcase dress.

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