Darlene Carpenter named Crown College Alumni of the Year

Darlene Carpenter named Crown College Alumni of the Year


ST. BONIFACIUS, MINN.: Crown College named Darlene Carpenter, class of 1962, the Alumni of the Year. Carpenter is the founder of Dresses for Orphans, a charitable organization that sews and donates dresses and shirts to orphans around the world.

Carpenter’s ministry began in her retirement, when she made 20 to 30 garments on her own each month. After sharing her new personal venture with some friends, the mission swelled to a group of 80 volunteers who have made more than 40,000 garments since 2009. Today, groups of volunteers meet in Arizona, Ohio, and soon in North and South Dakota.

“I started Dresses for Orphans with no dream of how it would grow,” says Carpenter. “God put this in my lap and I ran with it. God really led this charge.”

A friend nominated Carpenter for the award, saying, “Darlene has a deep love for and dedication to this amazing ministry. God is using her to bless the lives of thousands of children around the world.”

Over the years, Carpenter, with her husband, has led marriage and parenting seminars in churches across the country and wrote the book, “Spiritual Nurturing—How to Help Your Child Grow Spiritually.” She has been married to Dan Carpenter for 52 years and the couple resides in Mesa, Arizona.

Dresses for Orphans accepts donations of scraps of fabric, but does not accept t-shirt donations. Anyone interested in donating may send scraps to Dresses for Orphans, 3055 North Red Mountain, No. 133, Mesa, AZ 85207. Visit www.dressesfororphans.org for more information.

Crown College’s Alumni of the Year Award recognizes one alumnus/a each year who demonstrates a strong commitment to God and service to others. Recipients exemplify the ideals of the college in all aspects of life.

Crown College, located in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, is a Christian liberal arts college preparing students for service and leadership throughout the world. Recognized by MONEY Magazine, US News & World Report, and Christian Universities Online for the quality and value of its academic programs, Crown is also well known for an exceptional campus life, faculty mentors, and a tradition of local and international service.

CONTACT: Sarah Benbow, Manager of Alumni and External Relations
benbows@crown.edu, 952-446-4350