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Gracie's Gowns, Inc.

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Causes: Health, Health (General & Financing)

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 April 2018, Gracie's Gowns has made and distributed over 4,559 hospital gowns worldwide. Gowns have been sent across the United States reaching all of the 50 states and 16 countries internationally. This includes NICU Smocks and other items sent to over 40 hospitals and 19 other nonprofit organizations serving children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses as well.

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 make and distribute homemade hospital gowns at a minimal cost to the children and their families, with sponsors needed to provide at no cost at all. 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

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter has a congenital heart defect and suffers from medical trauma. After receiving her beautiful custom gown and the little prizes also enclosed, she said, "Oh! When do I get to go to the cardiologist?! I can't wait to wear this!"
This gown made my 6 year old daughter feel important, loved, special and heard. Thank you for giving her this bright spot in her sweet life.

Katie H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have made 2 beautiful gowns for my chronically ill daughter. They keep her warm and safe through all her procedures

Kathy W.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jessica has, for six years, made gowns for children with chronic or life threatening illnesses. She recruited many volunteers to help. I would love to sew too, but Texas is too far for me to go over and help. I do support this endeavor in prayer and financially as I can.

Jennifer H.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We received two gowns from Gracie's Gowns. My son was born with a severe heart condition that ended up putting us in need of heart transplant after almost a year of fighting. The gown was such a bright and cheery gift and functional too. Something that made the hospital a little less hospitaly. Even when my son passed away and his second gown was in the process of being made they turned it into an angel gown with a sweet teddy bear wearing it. Such a kind thing for a grieving family to receive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jessica is sooooo very dedicated to making children smile! She works tirelessly to keep up the production of these beautiful gowns.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you Jessica for making these adorable children smile!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Years ago, I was looking up a way to get a custom gown for my cousin who was in and out of the hospital since her birth. I stumbled across this site and figured I would give it a chance to see if we could get her one. Lo and behold, we got a package in the mail with her customized gown which she was excited to use if she was ever admitted again.

She was admitted again but for a transplant, which she was able to take her own gown to wear and make her feel like a princess. Since the service of Gracie's Gowns and Jessica's work into this movement have had such a profound impact on me and my cousin, I have been donating. To us, it's just a gown, but to each child and family who receives this gift, it's a small spark of personality and life into what can be a dull and long waiting period away from home.

lark188613

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been in and out of the hospital for the last 3 & 1/2 years because of chronic medical issues. Gracie’s gowns has made two gowns for us so far and they are completely treasured. The hospital is a hard place to be, especially for a young child, but her gown brings her a tremendous amount of comfort. To be able to have something that is just hers and so personal in an environment where she has so little control, there are just no words to explain how important that is. This organization is truly amazing and I am so grateful for it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been frequently hospitalized for health issues and it is a scary experience for a little one. The gowns at the hospital are ill fitting and not very cheery. The beautiful and personal gown provided by Gracie's has been a great comfort to her. She loves it! What an amazing organization. So grateful.

Donor

Rating: 1

My personal acquaintance with Jessica,whi IS Gracie s gown s,began with my grandson s extended medical challenges.Not only did jessica,create his gown bt drove to NIH to deliver it. As under funded as her organization is,with her own medical challenges,children s needs,learning endeavors,she contributes financially,emotionally,and much physical effort and time,to fulfill the needs of chronically ill children worldwide.I,personally am awed by her commitment and the challeges she has overcome to continue this amazing service for only personal satisfaction.Jessica is a humble servant of God and deserves our support,financial and personally,also a ton of gratitude from the families that benefit

Kathryn Snider F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned of this organization a few years ago. I have actually donated fabric that was used to make gowns. This is such a wonderful service for children!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great organization led by people who truly have a Passion for the cause.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I requested a gown for an itty bitty and they were able to make it! It is amazing quality and so beautiful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracie's Gowns gave us a little shine of light during our hard times! They do an absolutely wonderful job and we are so fortunate!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is so amazing my little one would freak when he would end up in the hospital. But when we got him is own gown he was so excited he wanted to always wear it. And when we had to be in the hospital I would take it and put it on him. It gave him comfort and he wasn’t as anxious he seemed calmer. And even now that it’s small he still loves wearing it.

Donor

Rating: 5

Gracie's Gowns is an amazing organization full of love and compassion. What they do to give children and their families some comfort when they are battling illness is amazing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is overflowing with passion and commitment to children and families. Love and selflessness through and through.

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Donor

Rating: 5

There is a tremendous amount of love that goes into each gown made by Gracie's Gowns and the result is an educated and very supportive community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing company. My 2 year old spends so much time in the hospital every year. I wish i had found this sooner. Hospital gowns are uncomfortable, huge, and a strangle hazard with little kids. It is hard to find regular clothing that can be worn during an mri, be warm, be easily removed to change soiled outfits. These gowns are a comfort during an otherwise miserable experiance in hospitals

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gracie's Gowns is a non profit organization that provides custom hospital gowns for children in the hospital. How do I know? My son, Finn, was born with heart disease enduring 10 surgeries, one open heart surgery and an 8 month hospital stay. When founder Jessica surprised us during a very dark time with a beautiful, custom hospital gown for Finn, it was a day of light and hope. No longer did we feel as though we were a heart patient. We now smiled and felt a sense of normalcy and a sense of happiness. Those moments are rare and we are so grateful.

Gracie's Gowns beyond deserves this win and grant of $10,000. With that contribution, the entire company changes and for the better. The amount of children and families that can be blessed the way that we were is a tremendous opportunity. It would change lives.

Review from #MyGivingStory

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our son, Hudson, was born with a congenital heart defect, he spent the first 6 months of his life in a hospital. He wasn't allowed to wear clothes because of all the monitors and tubing.
That's where Gracie's gowns stepped in, they offer gowns to medically fragile children enduring some of the biggest battles you could imagine. His gown had his name on it..and even though it was a just a piece of clothing, it meant so much more to us. I was so touched by the impact of his gown that I sponsored several children and donated shipping costs to this non profit on many occasions. I knew how much it meant to me, and we wanted to give that comfort to another family.

When Hudson was one year old he was diagnosed with leukemia. The impossible happened to us again. Hudson suited up for battle but it wasn't armor he donned it was a new gown from Gracie's gowns. He outgrew the one he wore as an infant. When he was his most vulnerable, unable to wear clothes because of all the lines and monitors, his gown was always waiting for him. It smelled like home because we used the same laundry detergent...it was familiar because he wore it so much, it was soft and covered in whales...his favorite animal.
I haven't met a child or parent who didn't absolutely love everything about and behind their child's personalized gown.

Review from #MyGivingStory

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gracie's Gowns is a non-profit organization that makes personalized hospital gowns for chronically-ill children across the globe. It's founder, Jessica Kidd, has evolved this organization from a community service project into a nationally recognized non-profit service. She was recently honored as a Loreal Woman of Worth in November 2016.
The Facebook fundraiser for Giving Tuesday was initiated to raise funds to replace her non-commercial embroidery machines with a tool that would truly enhance her ability to provide hospital gowns in a more efficient and cost effective manner, and would enable her to provide custom designs for each child, as unique as each one of their precious souls,
I met Jessica quite by accident on a childrens clothing trading site, and although we are many states apart and have never met in person, I am dedicated to helping her further her cause. My niece was just 4 years old when she succumbed to a brain tumor, and I will never forget the small things that made her day brighter as she fought to survive. Today in addition to monetary donations, I occasionally help to sew Bead of Courage Bags and IV bag covers from the scraps left over from the beautiful gowns she makes, as no scrap is wasted. Every one of them is a gift, and I am proud to be a part of her mission to give back and make a difference in this world.

Review from #MyGivingStory

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor to Gracie's Gown's I know that 100% of my money is going to the kids, and not a penny is wasted. Making every dollar count is important to me and there are few other charities that can achieve this.