Corporate Kindness: Depression Era Flour Sack Dresses (Thanksgiving Story)


Flour Sack Dresses

Decorative Cotton Flour Sacks

In the heart of the 1930’s Great Depression people were desperate.  Millions were out of work.  Thousands were on the verge of starvation.

Nothing was allowed to go to waste. Everything was repurposed and recycled. The national slogan became: “Make Do or Do Without.”

Parents couldn’t afford to buy new clothes for their children.  They couldn’t even afford to buy the fabric to make clothes.

So, the desperate and innovative mothers started using the cotton fabric from flour sacks to make clothes.

The flour manufacturers got wind of this. Setting aside the “bottom line,” and the goal of making the biggest profit, they decided to serve the community. They paid to have a variety of attractive colored patterns printed on the sacks.

Now, even the poorest children could have pretty new clothes.

Thoughts on Service

Flour Sack Dress
  • It’s service, not status, that counts
  • Lift where you stand
  • Where thou art, act well thy part
  • Service is its own reward
  • Service is rarely convenient
  • Service opportunities are limited only by your imagination
  • Helping hands
  • Just do it
  • If not you, then who.  If not now, then when
  • Service is ordained of God
  • When you serve others, you serve God
  • We are all called to serve
  • You do not love the Lord unless you love his children
  • LDS stands for Let’s Do Something
  • Service is love in action
  • Born to serve
Depression Era Flour Sack Dresses

(See: “Flour Sack Dresses,” Wikipedia)

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