This old woman wakes up in the wee hours of the morning to sew for a special cause

November 17, 2017 4:35 pm Last Updated: December 5, 2017 1:33 pm

For many, getting up in the morning can be a huge challenge. Personally, I have to set three alarms each morning just to make sure I get up on time, and no doubt as I get older it won’t get any easier. I have a lot of respect for members of the older generation who manage to get up early every morning—especially for 101-year-old Eva Bossenberger.

Bossenberger lost her daughter, Eileen, back in 2011 and her husband, Harvey, back in 1956 when he was only 36 years old.

Eva Bossenberger’s late husband, Harvey (Facebook/Screenshot)

“He was a wonderful husband,” she said in a Facebook video. “I miss him even today … Y’know there’s something about touching somebody you’re in love with and that same kind of touch doesn’t come from anybody else.”

Despite this, she’s found a reason to wake up every morning, often before sunrise.


“I wake up early, between 2 and 5 … and I get up and start at the sewing machine because I love it.”

Bossenberger started sewing when she was a little girl. She learned from her mother—a seamstress who made all sorts of clothes for she and her sister, Esther—although, it took some trial and error for her to really get the hang of it.

“Everything didn’t turn out right but that’s the story of learning. If everything went perfect, you really wouldn’t learn.”

For most of her life, sewing was just a hobby but, in 2016, her pastor approached her asking if she’d be willing to contribute to a cause.

“The pastor said to me one Wednesday night, ‘I’ve got a job for you, if you’d do it … I want you to make 180 somethings for little girls before Christmas.'”

It was for an organization known as Samaritan’s Purse and their Operation Christmas Child program. The program sends items such as toys, clothing, and school supplies to needy children via shoeboxes. It doesn’t matter where you are, as long as you pack a shoebox with appropriate items, you can send it to the program.

Bossenberger decided to sew girls’ dresses for the charity.


“I got to thinking about what [I would] do for a little girl … I decided to do some little dresses and I think they’re turning out pretty good,” she said.

She’s been sewing for the charity ever since. She doesn’t know where the boxes will end up but she doesn’t seem to mind. Just the thought of helping other people seems to be enough for her.

“I can see it yet in my mind: plane landing and their little hands out for a box and they open it and they’re just so thrilled. There’s gonna be a lot of happiness and I’m glad I’m a part of it.”

At over a century old, most people would be taking it easy, but Bossenberger wants to do as much as she can to help while she still has time on Earth.

“I don’t know when the Lord is gonna call me home, so I keep going all the time.”


Bossenberger has discovered that her sewing ability is a gift and she intends to use that gift to live the most meaningful life she can.

“Living a meaningful life is different for everybody. I’m not a preacher. I couldn’t get up on a platform and deliver a message. That’s not my work,” the deeply religious woman said. “The Lord gave me hands with no arthritis, so I do a lot of sewing. I’ve been given a talent and I make use of it.”

I sure hope that, when I’m 101 years old, I have even half the tenacity of Eva Bossenberger. What an incredible woman!

Watch the beautiful video below:

100-Year-Old Eva Makes Dresses for Shoebox Gifts

100-year-old Eva wakes up between 3-4 and heads for her sewing machine. She’s a woman on a mission with no time to waste. "I can't get up on a platform and give a message—that isn't my work. The Lord has given me hands with no arthritis, so I do a lot of sewing—I've been given a talent and I make use of it."

Posted by Operation Christmas Child on Saturday, September 2, 2017