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Causes: Health, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Our mission at Gracie's Gowns is to provide children that are chronically ill with something fun and personal to wear while staying in the hospital or undergoing therapies and treatments in which they are not able to wear their own clothing.

Results: As of our last count at the end of October 2014, Gracie's Gowns has received over 1,756 individual requests for gowns through our online request form (this does not count called in requests or entries with multiple children together). Gowns have been sent across the United States reaching all of the 50 states and have also been sent to 9 countries! We are still updating our pin map, but you can see all of the gowns we've mailed out as we update it here. We have completed and mailed 1,362 requested gowns and we have donated in total 1,552 gowns including gowns to 7 different hospitals.

Target demographics: Children under the age of eighteen diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 800

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: We provide these homemade hospital gowns at no cost to the children and their families at no cost. When a child outgrows, loses or damages their gown and it can no longer be worn, Gracie's Gowns will make the child another gown at no cost to the family. This is our "Grow with Me Gown Request" program. We will also establish a program for the siblings of the children a gown is requested for that recognizes their bravery, love and support of their sibling, but also gives them something of their own...something that makes them feel special as well. This program will be Freckles the Frog and, as soon as, we are able to, this will be a no-cost program for each child that we have made a gown for siblings. For families that have lost a child prior to their gown request being fulfilled, we have created an "Angel Bear Gown" program. Gracie's Gowns will make a gown with the child's name and a pair of angel wings attached to the gown. This gown will then be placed on a stuffed animal (we've used bears and rabbits so far) and mailed to the family. Other fun and supportive services will be provided by Gracie's Gowns as our donations allow, this may include granting a special wish for a child, financial assistance with final expenses (to include medical bills, headstone expenses and memorial/burial costs), gift cards to assist with travel costs to receive treatment.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughters hospital gown was one of the few things she was able to wear in the NICU with all the wires and tubes. So thankful for that amazing memory. She was adorable in her gown

Client Served

Rating: 5

Personalized hospital gowns for children who spend too much time in the hospital and away from the comfort of home. Need I say more?

Angie88

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! The service they offer these kids and their families is a godsend. Children going through the most unimaginable trials receive comfort, love and the knowledge that people they will never know truly care for them.

1 Bec H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracie Gowns is like a hug while your away from home.

Megan154

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the honor to volunteer with Gracie's Gowns. Jessica is an amazing director and truly cares for each child she makes a gown for. I've watched Gracie's Gowns grow from a thought to what it is today and it has been amazing to watch.

Gracie's Gowns also educates others about childhood illnesses. It is a subject most people try not to think about but Jessica does an amazing job of putting a face and story to an illness.

1 Amanda274

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jessica made me feel so cared for! These gowns are truly a gift! Seeing my son in the hospital with nothing but wires was extremely hard. Now I don't have to! How little grown with whales suits him well!

Jessica336

Client Served

Rating: 5

Where to even begin? Our family feels like no words could truly emphasize how dear Gracie's Gowns is to our family, but blessed is at the top of that list. Our daughter, like most of Gracie's Gowns receipts, had a rough start and will have a long road because of her several Congenital defects. A road that is filled with constant hospital stays, surgeries, intervention, appointments, and weekly therapy; a life that has at times been draining and isolating. But the moment we put on her adorable hospital gown, while away from home, it just adds a special touch during a difficult time/situation. And you always know Charlotte has been there with her trail of glitter left behind. The doctors and nurses just love it!
Jessica goes above and beyond for each child; whether it is handcrafting each gown to be extra special, awareness of medical diagnose your family is facing, fundraising, or spreading cheer at her local hospitals, she is truly an angel placed here on earth for families like ours. Just the simple detail of each gown to tailor it to each child's personality/hobbies, is something a store bought item couldn't ever replicate. The moment you open the package, you know it was made and sent with a lot of love and support for your family. We highly recommend this organization and encourage others to get involved with donating to a wonderful organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracie's Gowns reached out to me after my son, Felix, was born at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville, VA, about making him a custom hospital gown. I was floored. I had never heard of such a thing and it was such a sweet gesture! We loved Felix's gown so much. He ended up needing a trach and g-tube and the gown was so easy to get on with all of those things and all the leads and wires hooked up to him. The nurses loved it, and it was so easy to clean when he would get stains on it. Jessica actually made us two gowns--a small and larger one--and we used the larger one and the smaller one is on my older son's monkey. He sleeps with it at night, which is a great comfort to him since Felix died at 7 months old. Gracie's Gowns also made us Freckles the Frog from Felix's gown fabric.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am interested in volunteering! In any aspect of the organization! Thea Nelli in the NYC area I also volunteer for ACS with LGFB program

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Gracie's Gown's for making my nephew, Jase, a teddy bear while he was in the hospital. Your thoughtfulness will always be remembered.

With Love,
The Smiley family