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A 99-year old woman has made hundreds of dresses for little girls in Africa, but for her 100th birthday, she wants to mark the milestone with her 1,000th dress. (Source: WQAD/CNN) A 99-year old woman has made hundreds of dresses for little girls in Africa, but for her 100th birthday, she wants to mark the milestone with her 1,000th dress. (Source: WQAD/CNN)

SCOTT CITY, IA (WQAD/CNN) – As she sits in her favorite chair in her Iowa farmhouse, Lillian Weber sets her sights on a special goal.

“I just love to sew,” Lillian said. “It just kind of fascinates me.”

For the past two years, Lillian has sewn dressed for little girls in Africa. The clothes are sent to a group called Little Dresses for Africa.

“What would they wear if they didn't have that?” Lillian asked.

Right now, she's working on dress no. 854. Lillian has a goal to make her 1,000th dress by the time she turns 100 years old in May.

“I'm doing my part,” Lillian said. “I don't want any credit for it. I just want to make them and send them to them and let them were ‘em.”

But since her story was first told two weeks ago, she's been getting a lot of credit.

“It's just unbelievable, it's everywhere. You just type her name and hundreds of things come up,” Lillian's daughter LeAnn Winger said.

Lillian's story has been seen on CNN, The Huffington Post and other websites like The Gloss; it's also been translated into French, German and Japanese, becoming a worldwide feel-good story.

“It's such a good story,” Winger said. “Who could read this and not be impressed and appreciate it.”

One person not impressed with the fanfare is Lillian.

“I just hope they fit and everything,” Lillian said.

Whether it's one dress, no. 100 or it's that 1,000th, she says she's not doing it for the attention.

“To have these little girls in these dresses that are actually mine, I think [it's that thought] that means a lot to her,” Lillian's daughter Linda Purcell said.

She'll get that chance when the founder of Little Dresses for Africa delivers four of Lillian's dresses to four little girls, sending a picture back to an Iowa farmhouse for Lillian to see.

That's worth more to Lillian than those thousand news stories, and that's what will push her beyond 1,000 dresses when she turns 100.

“And if I live beyond that, I still have got material that I just – [if] my hands can do it, and no problem,” Lillian said.

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