WATCH: This Dallas Charity Transforms Donated Bridal Gowns Into A Very Meaningful Gift For Grieving Families
If you have a bridal gown taking up space in your closet and you’d like to do something very special with it, consider donating it to NICU Helping Hands, a Fort Worth charity that makes “angel gowns” to be worn by babies that weren’t able to make it home from the hospital.
Lisa Grubbs is the wife of a specialist for premature babies. She and her husband believe the passing of a child is a sacred event that should be honored. It’s one reason she started NICU Helping Hands, a Fort Worth organization created to support parents both educationally and emotionally.
One of their missions is to insure parents who lose babies in the hospital have something special and sacred to bury them in.
Grubbs has gathered a small team of volunteer seamstresses to transform bridal gowns into unique and beautiful works of art. A single wedding dress can make a dozen or more of the tiny angel gowns. Many look like satin or silk christening gowns for baby dolls.
“Often, we would just wrap little babies just in tiny little hospital blankets or washrags or towels, and we didn’t really have much to offer those families,” said Amy Vickers, a former NICU nurse who saw a need and volunteered to sew. “It doesn’t take the hurt away from them. But it just lets them know that we feel like their baby’s life means something.”
Here’s the video of the first reporting of the charity from KHOU:
In the video below from a local news station, the reporter chokes up at the overwhelming response from viewers who saw the story, and donated over a hundred bridal gowns.
What a powerful and meaningful message to send grieving parents that those unknown to them grieve also with them in such a tragic time. God bless these volunteers and the little angels they donate their time for.
To learn more about Helping Hands, or to donate, visit their website here.