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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

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

2 Dawn147

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have been supporting Gracies Gowns for a year or so now. The organization is amazing and accomplishes so much. Many large organizations could learn from this little non-profit with the HUGE heart.

I have been so touched by the lantern releases which I have had the opportunity to photograph.

2 Joann20

Client Served

Rating: 5

My medically fragile, complex daughter has received 2 amazing gowns. It is such a blessing to have gowns other than the boring hospital gowns while inpatient. It brings a little more sense of home.

1 Jeffrey33

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted Gracie's Gowns to ask for information about a project they are involved with. They were incredibly helpful with info and made a beautiful gown for my grand daughter who is battling leukemia. We couldn't be more pleased with the gown or the budding friendship that it started.

1 Andrea144

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracie's Gown is amazing. I had asked for a gown for my son and I've received it with even a note of well wishes and to let me know if it doesn't fit. The kindness and beautiful gift. My son will be in and out of hospitals for his life and this tiny token could make a difference and any positive difference for children is a good one.
Thank you!

1 Josette C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son received a gown from gracies gowns and what a wonderful well made item. It was so much more comfortable then the hospital gowns, it was easier to get on and off and we got so many complimens on it.

1 Brenda108

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just learning of Gracie's Gowns. So inspiring what they do for these children! !!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracie's Gowns go above and beyond. They provide beautiful gowns for our little ones. They also care for us and our family.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The gown we received from Gracie's Gowns means so much to my family. My son, Felix, was born with congenital heart defects, crainosynostosis and other complications from those two issues. He has never really worn clothes and he's never been outside the hospital, and he's going on four months of age. He's going to have two more surgeries before he comes home, and has already had two surgeries--so the gown has been amazing for us. We put it on him and it works well with his trach and gtube and other accessories. :-) Thank you so much! We love our custom gown :-)

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful non-profit in our area servicing the needs of children. As a pediatric nurse, I see gowns like this make a stressful environment such as the hospital a little less stressful. Great job!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son received a gown from Gracie's gowns to wear during his surgery, and it was such a blessing for all of us. We ❤️ Gracie's Gowns!

4 Lisa469

Donor

Rating: 5

Each custom made child's gown designed and sewn by Gracie's Gowns touches so many lives in such a colorful and comforting way.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently learned about Gracie's Gowns from following a strong little man named Finn who was born with a heart defect. I saw that he had received a gown and learned what this wonderful woman does. I have donated to Gracie's Gowns as I think it is so great that they are providing kids in the hospital with a hospital gown that they can wear that was made especially for them. I can't think of a better place to donate to.

3 Lulabugkacky

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracie's Gowns is simply amazing! So much work goes into the gowns to put a smile on our kids face and give them something of their own to wear when they are in the hospital. Very much appreciated. Thank you so much.

3 Ana_27

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Gracie's Gowns. Not only was the gown my daughter received absolutely adorable and tailored to her love of horses but the quality is amazing! The gown has love sewn in every stitch of it!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so impressed by the quick turn around and amazing service of Gracie's Gowns!!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to Gracie's Gowns. The gown we received was a ray of sunshine in our darkness. It made the situation less stressful. Malachi will hold his gown and say mine. Having a personal gown is such a wonderful idea and a huge blessing. Gracie's Gowns has a heart for serving children and it shows.

4 user1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracies Gowns do a great service for families dealing with sick children. the Gowns make the children feel more comfortable in a bad situation. We should know our Grandaughter has one. She has had multiple stays and her gown has come with her each time. They even got her a larger size when she out grew hers. God Bless them!

Previous Stories
5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I reached out to Gracies Gown when our grandaughter was born with Spina Bifida. We were so pleased when they made her cute gown. It made her many stays a bit more colorful. They have also kept in touch with Callie and have sent her a bigger size as she has grown. Hospital stays are no fun but the gowns make them feel so much more comfortable !!! What a Great Group!!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the work the Gracie's Gowns is doing!! The lives that they are touching is incredible and the love and care that is put into each gown is just amazing!
My daughter was born in 2014 with Down Syndrome and a complex CHD and was recently diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea.
At only 15 months old she has already had 4 surgeries and spent 2 months of her life in the hospital with more surgeries, hospital stays, sleep studies, etc. on her horizon. With the help of Gracie's gowns her stays and recovery will be little brighter and less clinical.
Thank you Gracie's gowns for all you do for the children including my little Dawn!
Always continue to #lightupthedarkness

3 Kim_187

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with making NICU gowns for Gracie's Gowns for a couple of years. It is very sobering to realize how many children are hospitalized many times in their lives. A homemade, brightly colored gown makes the day seem a little brighter.