Little Angel Gowns

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“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
― Steve Maraboli

With winter SLOWLY making it’s exit and spring right around the corner, it’s time to start knocking the dust off and rifling through boxes to decide what to ship off to charity shops, the trash, and eBay.  Pushed gently to the back of your closet, maybe in a garment bag or maybe tucked nicely in to a keepsake box, is your wedding dress.  Your dream gown, that made you feel like a queen on your special day, is now collecting dust, taking up space, and serving what purpose?

Enter Little Angel Gowns.

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Little Angel Gowns works with hospital bereavement programs to provide burial gowns and pouches to grieving families. These gowns and pouches are made from wedding gowns, formal dresses and first communion dresses.  Each gown is individually wrapped in tissue and presented to families by the medical team caring for their baby. The organization is funded solely by donations and work on a volunteer basis.

Little Angel Gowns, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, began small – in a house – and has since grown. In December 2014, Little Angel Gowns became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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So, how can you help? By donating your wedding dress, of course.

When received, each dress is assigned a number so you are able to follow the process of your wedding dress becoming an angel gown on the organization’s Pinterest.  Dresses are meticulously taken apart and reassembled by seamstresses, locally and nationwide.  When each dress is complete, Little Angel Gowns distributes them to grieving families, up to and including a full term birth.  Both female and male gowns and outfits are available.

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If you are in the Indianapolis area:
– During the month of February, Little Angel Gowns is encouraging everyone to host dress drives within their communities.  Wedding dresses can be collected and dropped off at the Little Angel Gowns office to be repurposed into angel gowns.

– This weekend (February 20th-22nd), Little Angel Gowns is hosting a weekend retreat.  The retreat will start at 6:00pm on Friday, February 20th and go until 3:00pm on Sunday, February 22nd.  You don’t have to know how to sew to volunteer for the retreat!  There will be plenty of opportunities for volunteers to help.  Little Angel Gowns is looking for volunteers who can sew gowns, take gowns apart, prep and draw patterns on gowns, take pictures of before and after gowns, and organize inventory.  Food will be provided, along with games, giveaways, and entertainment!  If you are interested in volunteering for the weekend retreat, e-mail littleangelgowns@yahoo.com or visit the weekend retreat event on Facebook.

The weekend retreat will take place at the Little Angel Gowns office:
6075 Lakeside Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278
(317) 374-1581

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If you are outside of the Indianapolis area:
– Donate your dream wedding gown to Little Angel Gowns to be repurposed into an angel gown.  Dresses should be shipped to 6075 Lakeside Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46278 with this form attached.

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For more information on Little Angel Gowns, how to volunteer, donate a dress, or find a wish list of needed supplies, visit their websiteFacebook, or Pinterest.

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