Angel Gowns

My experiment with Minimalism is going well, or at least my challenge to get rid of at least 1 thing a day is going well.  So far this week, I have cleared out 4 cookbooks, a coffeepot, 3 pans, some makeup, an old portable XM radio for a car, and a few empty boxes (yes, I save boxes).  I’m donating what I can and just throwing out what is no longer useful.  Donating my old stuff makes me feel good.  First of all I don’t feel like I am being wasteful just throwing something away, and secondly I really do hope that someone else can use my old stuff.

Now what about that wedding dress in the attic?  Oh the guilt of getting rid of it (especially if it was your mother’s!)  But this caught my eye!  I am reprinting an article from NICU Helping Hands.  They accept donations of wedding dressing and they make “Angel Gowns” for infants who die in the hospital.  It sounds like a wonderful program.  They accept donations of gowns and they are always looking for volunteer seamstresses.

ANGEL GOWNS

NICU Helping Hands’ Angel Gown Program began in 2013 because we recognized the  overwhelming need to support families who lost a baby while in the hospital. Our Angel Gown Program provides comfort for families by providing a beautiful gown for final photos and for burial services. There is no greater gift that can be given to a grieving family than affirming the importance of the life of their child by offering this simple gift.

Sewn with love by volunteer seamstresses, donated wedding gowns are used to create beautiful gowns for families grieving the death of their child.

It is an honor for us to provide gowns free of charge to any family or hospital requesting our Angel Gowns. Other non-profits providing bereavement services to families can also request gowns. Requests from hospitals and non-profits should be sent to info@nicuhelpinghands.org.

All urgent or time sensitive requests from families or hospitals should be made by calling 817-584-1437.

Please note: This program is available nationally. Not only do we accept gowns from around the country, we provide any NICU with these gowns. We welcome volunteer seamstresses in locations outside of DFW.

 

Gown Donation Information

Donation via Shipping: If you would like to donate a wedding gown we request that it be cleaned prior to donation. Gowns can be shipped directly to us at 301 Commerce Street, Suite 3200, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.  We suggest that you remove the crinoline from the gown so that it is less bulky and expensive to ship. Folding the gown neatly into a small box is preferred and wrinkling is not a concern as our seamstresses will be pressing the gown during the sewing process.

Donation in Person: If you are local to the DFW area we request that you schedule an appointment day to donate your gown. Appointments can be made by calling 817-584-1437. You can also email us to request an appointment at info@nicuhelpinghands.org. We want to make your donation process as easy as possible and scheduling an appointment is the best way to ensure this.

Gowns We Accept: We accept all wedding gowns. Even if there are stains on the gown, we can use portions of the gown that are not stained. We accept pale colored bridesmaid gowns and other ball gowns as these often provide beading and additional silk and satin fabrics that are useful in making the Angel Gowns.

Unfortunately at this time we are unable to personally pick up gowns from donors’ homes. Thank you for your understanding.

If you would like a tax deductible receipt please include this request PINNED to your gown at the time of donation. We must have your name and mailing address on the written request as well. 

If you would like a keepsake piece returned to you for a daughter or granddaughter please include this request PINNED to your gown at the time of donation. We must have your name and mailing address on the written request as well. Keepsake pieces are unique items that can be given as a gift to your daughter, daughter-in-law or granddaughter at the time of their wedding. Please specify the number of keepsake pieces needed.

Volunteer Seamstress Information

If you would like to sew Angel Gowns for our program please contact us at info@nicuhelpinghands.org. We will mail gowns to out of town seamstresses or schedule a time for local seamstresses to pick up a gown. Seamstresses who prefer to collect gowns in their local areas for us are welcome to do so. All completed Angel Gowns should be mailed or delivered back to us so that we can prepare them for placement in a hospital or with a family in need. We take special care in packaging each gown individually in tissue and placing it in a nice white box, along with an additional keepsake for the family. In addition to the Angel Gown box, we provide hospitals and families with additional information so that they can contact us should they need other assistance for the family.

We respectfully ask that if you are sewing for NICU Helping Hands that you allow us to place the gowns at hospitals so all necessary steps are taken to make sure the appropriate gown sizes and numbers are provided to hospitals and families. This also ensures that families know how to contact us for additional support that might be needed. 

Your gift of love is priceless to grieving families and we thank you

from the bottom of our hearts for helping us comfort them through this program.

 

Comments

  1. I love the whole idea of this! What a beautiful gesture for any family who is going through this experience. I’m happy you gave me a heads up on this. I’ll spread the word

    • I thought it was fabulous, and I do have my mother’s wedding dress in a box in my basement. What a waste to have it just sit there. I am going to mail it to them!!

  2. Angel Gowns. What a great concept ! Thank you for sharing it. Recycling good ideas benefits the giver as well as numerous recipients.

  3. Hello …
    After reading this post I have mixed feelings of sadness and happiness…
    I feel sorry for families who lose their angels but I am happy that somewhere in the world is thinking for grieved families and showing care for their angels..
    It is such a nice Idea…
    I wish you all the best with your efforts for producing Angel Gowns .I am sure you will get a lot of prayers for your work… May Creator guide us so we can help others in every capacity….
    Thank you for such a nice effort …. I salute you for your work and appreciate everyone from donor to tailor who helped you to make this idea a reality .
    I hope you will get a lot of donations from couples.

  4. So that’s where my 7 lbs. went!

  5. This is such a wonderful idea – I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child but this gesture by strangers at such a time may provide some loving comfort. Thank you for sharing.
    I’m going to tweet this.
    Lenie

    • I agree, being able to provide some love (even if it is from a distance) at such a horrible time for these parents is wonderful.

  6. This sounds like such a wonderful program. So many women just put their wedding gown in storage after they get married. Why not put them to better use!

  7. I love this Grace, thanks for sharing! I tweeted. 🙂

    • Thanks Crystal! I really think it is a worthwhile project and I am excited to dig out my old dress from the basement, clean it up and send it along!

  8. Meredith says:

    What a heartbreakingly beautiful program. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. Pinned and “liked”.

  9. What a charming and heartfelt program. It’s hard to think of ways to comfort someone who has lost something so precious as an newborn or very young child. Doing something like this is a way to express that in a very personal way. Thank you fro bringing that to the forefront.

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