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Gracie's Gowns, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

Previous Stories
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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracie's Gown's is so wonderful! They made my son a gown when they first started. He loves it, even for routine office visits he wants to wear it! The quality is remarkable and just looking at it lifts our spirits. We couldn't. We couldn't more grateful for someone who is so selfless and cares about families and kids so much!

Carrie V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They made gown for my CHD granddaughter for her numerous hospital visits!! It is beautiful and she will be wearing it soon!!!! Thank you so much for all you

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Donor

Rating: 5

Gracie's Gowns continues to grow and branch out every year since they first came into my life. There is no quit in their humble and incredibly amazing founder. No task is too big despite the obstacles they've faced. Lesser hearts would have thrown in the towel long ago, but not her and that is truly inspiring.

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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

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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?

1 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.

1 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!

1 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.

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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.

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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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracie's Gowns is amazing! The process was simple and I was shocked at the quality and attention to detail they are able to provide. Our daughter has spent countless weeks in the hospital battling cancer and even the nurses are impressed with her gown from Gracie's! This is an amazing organization making such a difference. To see my little girls face light up when she opened the package, priceless!

3 Carrie89

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracies gowns has been amazing at what she does
My daughter got a medical gown in 2012 in a paris eiffel tower design and she loves it!
My son just got his gown with antique cars all over it he is absolutely in love!!

I love how they custom tailor to what thr child interests are because while in the hospital they want to have some normalcy and something to be able to control and have as their own!

3 Susan484

Donor

Rating: 5

In a simple way, Gracie's Gowns gives comfort and dignity to an ailing child. Providing custom hospital gowns that reflect the wearer's personality and adorned with his/her name, a child is less a 'patient' and more a kid. This small nonprofit is able to make a big difference with just a few volunteers, and donors, though it's impact is great.

2 Mallory P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was born at 26 weeks and needed several surgeries since discharge. When I found out about this organization it was truly amazing. What they have done and continue to do for everyone is truly a blessing. I couldn't be happier and more proud to support them!

4 Austria G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. He is 16 months old and has spent approximately 5 of those months in the hospital for different surgeries and infections. Because of that we reached out to Gracie's Gowns to create a gown that was uniquely his. Not only did we receive a personalized gown, we received a smaller one that was able to go on one of his stuffed animals. It is organizations and people like this that make the lives of kids with chronic health conditions just that much better.