Foxboro resident continues to create dresses to benefit cancer patients | Local News

Foxboro resident Joette Halpern has a gift and passion for sewing.

For several years now, the 62-year-old Foxboro resident has turned that passion into a goal by creating dresses that can be donated to little girls with cancer.

But the pandemic cleared that sting in time.

However, she stays with the sewing machine to continue the business.

Halpern recently partnered with Lawton Farm in Foxboro to “host” the dresses she makes, which will sell for $20 each, with 100% of the proceeds donated to St. Jude Hospital.

It’s a charity that is as dear to her as her mother’s, and she continues the tradition. “My mom always taught me the importance of helping others,” Halpern said.

A plain dress takes her about 1 1/2 hours to make, but with embellishments like adding ribbons, it takes a little more time, she said.

Halpern learned to sew in high school and took private drawing lessons for four years and private sewing lessons in Wollaston, MA, where she grew up, to master her craft.

Her other passions besides sewing are cooking and helping others.

Halpern has lived in Foxboro with her husband Joel since 1984 and has raised four daughters, Ashley, Courtney, Danielle and Mikayla.

Halpern retired after working at Walmart in Walpole for 25 years and since becoming an empty nester, she has turned her passion for sewing into something that has made a difference in the lives of little girls battling cancer.

Her third daughter Danielle West describes her mother as a compassionate, caring and kind person.

“She puts everyone before herself and would give the shirt off her back. My mother is someone I can always count on to be there for good and bad times. She is an amazing woman who I am proud to call my mother,” said West.

“My mom inspires me to give back when I can and inspires me to be a better person every day,” West said.

For more information, visit her Facebook page: JH Children’s Dresses for Charity.

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