JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Local woman, Katie Randich, makes a difference overseas everyday by designing and supplying young girls around the world with dresses as well as fabric and sewing machines to provide for themselves.
Randich grew up in Jacksonville, FL and learned how to sew from her grandmother and her Home-Ec teacher, Sue Chang, while she was in high school. She quickly realized that she had a knack for sewing and creating new and beautiful designs. When her time came to go off to college, Randich took a break from sewing to attend Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina to earn her degree in teaching.
Katie moved to South Carolina and taught both kindergarten and first grade until she moved back to Jacksonville, FL in 2009 where she continued teaching while attending the Church of Eleven22. While attending the church she felt that her life was missing a purpose. When the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Panama came up, Randich went for it. “I knew I needed to step out in faith, that I’ve been wanting to go but fearful. I wanted to experience something bigger than me”, Katie Randich explained.
On that trip to Panama, Randich decided to start mission work by making and sending out dresses to young girls in Panama. In October of 2014, Alfies Clothing Store was created and in the past year Alfies has sent over 500 dresses to different orphanages all over the world. Alfies is a non-profit organization and is able to run through donations of money and supplies.
Some of the orphanages that Alfies donates their dresses to, are Wells of Hope Academy and Okoa Refuge in Uganda, Tiny Hope orphanage in Jamaica, All Things New in Haiti and Manos de Fe in Panama.
Alfies’ mission is to encourage women and girls and teach them they are valued. The scripture that Alfies teaches their women is Psalms 139:14, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made by God. Your works are wonderful. I know that full well”. What Alfies hopes to achieve is to equip young ladies and women with the skills of sewing so they may provide for themselves in life and their families.
The amazing work that Alfies Clothing Store is doing overseas is inspiring the women and young girls that she helps everyday. Making a difference in those girls’ lives gives them a chance to improve themselves and gives them hope for a better life.