A few weeks ago my sister posted a link on her Facebook page about Angel Gowns. I clicked the link and was moved to tears by the heartbreak families go through when, after going to the hospital to bring their precious baby into this world, something awful happens and their new child is now their Tiny Angel.
With all the heartbreak and grief these parents are experiencing, I thought maybe there was one tiny thing that I could help facilitate to bring the slightest bit of comfort to them. The link my sister posted was to a national organization based in Texas. I did a web search and could only find two other organizations/people that do this across our entire country. That was so sad, I felt. Instead of contacting any of these organizations to see if they could help in our WNY area, I decided to start my own organization. I call it Angel Gowns of WNY. I am only about three weeks into this and have already received not only wedding dress donations, but monetary donations as well through the Go Fund Me site I set up to help cover the cost of creating the Angel Gowns. The donations received through this site will help purchase the necessities our volunteers need such as thread, scissors, ribbon etc.
Angel Gowns are made from wedding dresses that have been donated by wonderful women and men, to be worn by our tiniest angels for their final journey. These dresses, which have been created by the selflessness, grace and love of many volunteers either by donating their gowns or helping to sew them, can hopefully bring a sliver of comfort to the grieving parents and families. One wedding dress can make between 6 and 12 Angel Gowns. That’s 6 to 12 families that will have their tiny angels, and themselves, wrapped in love from complete strangers.
Once the Angel Gowns are completed, we wrap them individually in tissue paper and box them up for delivery to local NICU hospitals. Parents are offered the gown of their choice.
Since Angel Gowns of WNY is so new, we are still in need of volunteer sewers. I have several local hospitals that are graciously waiting for our donations. If you, or anyone you know, is willing to help out these tiny angels and their families by volunteering to sew angel gowns, please visit the Angel Gowns of WNY Facebook page for our contact information.
Early on in this blog I wrote that I felt there was something I was ‘meant’ to do to help out our world. I found that ‘something’ in a post on Facebook.
Our Tiny Angels need us. I am answering their call.
Won’t you join me?