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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

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amanda J.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

When being in the hospital for another admission becomes you life you try and make the best of it. Then there’s another admission and another, a birthday, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, soon there are more days in the hospital than out of the hospital. You do what you can to make the best of it. The staff know you and they try to make your stay a little easier. But every time you go in you lose a little of yourself.m, you lose a little more dignity. When Gracies Gowns came into our lives it was just a gown or something to wear at another admission, it was dignity. Jessica gave my daughter back a piece of her life that had been chipped away more and more with each admission. She now walks the hall with a new level of pride and confidence in her Gracies Gowns. She doesn’t lose herself when in the hospital, she isn’t just another patient, she is Allie and they see her. Gracies Gown filled a piece of Allie’s life that we saw was missing but couldn’t phantom a way to give it back. Who know a gown would be so magical? Gracies Gowns are just that. They allow Allie to stand a little taller, more confident and ready to tackle the trial ahead of her. Thank you Jessica for providing that missing piece.

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.

1

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

3

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

3

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.

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 :-)

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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!