Angel Gowns Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on donated wedding dresses and talented volunteer seamstresses. As well as making child tutus in a bid to raise money for their cause, they make and supply gowns for premature, sleeping and sick babies who, heartbreakingly, don’t make it home from the hospital or become angels at a later time. For a limited period they are taking wedding dress donations.
Last year my dear friend sent me their Facebook page and I instantly knew what I had to do. The thought of my dress being used in this new capacity felt so right to me. A relatively small contribution to help other families as they go through a nightmare I don’t even want to think about.
As I have always admitted, I will always have one foot firmly planted within the infertility and infant/pregnancy loss community because it is such a big part of who I am. Just because I have Little Man and the girls does not mean I turn my back on something that has been such a big part of my life. After our own experience with NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and hearing stories from other parents it just made me want to be involved in some capacity even more.
My dress had been hanging in a cupboard for nearly seven years so after washing it on the most delicate setting I dropped it off at a local Angel Gowns collection point earlier today.
It brings me to tears every time I think of how some other family may need this service and will receive a gown made from my dress material. The thought of it breaks my heart but also gives me comfort knowing a precious baby will be delicately dressed in the love of my gown. I know my donation is only a miniscule part of this process and the real praise rightly goes to the people who administer the organisation, painstakingly make these gowns and ship them to wherever they need to go, which leads me to this:
If donating your dress is something that appeals to you, and you’re within Australia, then please just follow this link in order to get information on how to donate.
I’m not going to ask you to donate your wedding dress because it is such a personal decision, but you can still help. Please share this post or share the information direct from Angel Gowns and/or Like them on Facebook. As awkward as the subject matter might be, talk to friends and family or simply Like, Comment or Tag someone on this post via social media to help get the word out. I’m sure we all know someone who might still have their gown hanging in a wardrobe or in storage and the option of donating is something that feels so right to them.
I know I have a lot of UK readers so I’ve provided a link to a similar organisation. You can access it by clicking here.
Many thanks & until next time,
Edited to add : Header photo by Toni Snell