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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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recived a hospital gown in 2013 from Gracie's gowns. I LOVE it! It is so nice to have somthing that I can 'chose' to wear when I am in hospital. It also is so nice that it has my name on it, a handy thing when it gets lost in the hospital laundry ;) we have started to get all of the items I carry with me in the hospital. It currently lives in our 'go bag' that is filled with things I need for an unexpected admit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Gracie's Gowns for providing a beautiful hospital gown for my son Hank when he had his latest open heart surgery. The gown was worn by him, was convenient for the hospital staff, and fit perfectly. It was made specifically for him with details of things he liked and even had his name. Everyone on staff in the hospital had compliments for it and were super impressed. So were we. Thanks again for this great charity!

4 Patty48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to give a huge thanks you to Gracie's Gowns, they have made my daughters hospital Experience so much better. My daughter is an x32 week preemie, she is also a cardiac child. We have only had to use her gown once but fixen to use it again really soon. Since we have had her gown we haven't hardly had any trouble with her. She fill more comfortable at the hospitals. This is a really great nonprofit Organization, and I would highly recommend this place to anyone with children with health issues. Thanks again.

4 Melissa249

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Grace Ellen was diagnosed with a rare form of lukemia a few weeks after her fourth birthday. Overnight everything changed and my daughter went from a world of fancy tutus and sparkly shoes to a world of sterile rooms and standard issue hospital gowns. When she got her Gracie's Gown it brought color and playfulness back into her life. Every time she wears it the nurses ohh and ahh over it. She loves to still be fancy when at the hospital.

The best part is that her gown is so well thought out, clearly made by someone who understands hospital life, while keeping the gown cute. It was very well made and has worn well through dozens of uses and washes. We always keep it packed in her emergency luggage so it'll be ready for its next use.

Thanks Gracie's Gowns for helping bring playfulness into our Gracie's fight against cancer.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

we love our down from Gracie's gowns! My son Walter was in the hospital for 10 months and underwent several surgeries to repair his esophagus. receiving his lovely, handmade, personalized Gown was so special. We told them that Walter loves animals and they chose a perfect fabric that had all of his favorite animals! And seeing his name embroidered on the sweet little gown made my eyes well up. We have since used it for some outpatient procedures and my big boy is about to grow out of it! We are so grateful for the love that went into making this lovely gown. We will keep it forever!!

4 Nicole49

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is 3, She just had open heart surgery in Sept of 2014. She is in LOVE with Mickey and Minnie mouse! Gracie's gowns made her the most beautiful hospital gown with her favourite characters on it! It brightened the day after her surgery and we just treasure the pictures. Such an amazing thing to create these custom gowns for so many children! And free of charge!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son and I just love this non profit. They made a hospital gown for my son and he loves it. Not only does he wear it to his treatments but also when he fractures. My son has brittle bones and gets treatments every three months so he wears it a lot. I am so grateful to have found them.

4 Kimmy L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracie's Gowns has been amazing to our family and I am happy to help support their mission whenever I can. We first got a gown for my daughter when she was very small, and enduring her fourth surgery in just a short time. What Jessica does is purely out of the kindness of her heart and her NEED to help people. I can't say enough about what the personal gown did for my family during the rough time. Having something personal while in such a clinical setting was really great.

4 Hannah32

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've known about Gracie's Gowns since Jessica first started it and have always thought it was an amazing organization run by someone who is one of the most selfless, caring people I know. When my baby boy was born in March 2014 with multiple medical problems requiring frequent hospitalizations, I learned first hand just how special Gracie's Gowns is. Jessica sent my son an adorable personalized hospital gown to brighten his hospital stays. Thank you so much for caring about little ones who are going through hard times!

4 Brenda74

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I heard about Gracie's Gowns, Inc from a fellow military family who had received a gown for their daughter. I checked out their website and was so touched that I started donating and supporting them as much as I can, whether it is donating monthly if I can or buying raffle tickets when they are offered. I will continue to support them. I love what they do for families who are going through such hard times, these gowns are giving them some sunshine where they may not be able to see any otherwise.

3 Kayla17

Client Served

Rating: 5

My child received a gown on two separate occasions, two years apart. The splash of color the hospital gowns added to the dull hospital setting was nice to see. My child name was embroidered on the gown as well which made it special. Jessica truly works from her heart when making these gowns. What a nice item to have durring a hospital stay! I recommend having a hospital gown made for your child durring a sad time, it makes them feel special. All the nurses on the floor had to come see miss amberlyn in her rock star gown!

4 Becky84

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gracie's gown has been a blessing to my family! I have two children with multiple health issues. My son has a parlayed colon and in 2012-2014 he spent 128 days in the hospital! The gown is like a hug to him he had 26 times he had to have a test, tube replacement or surgery he said it was like his Jessica holding him tight why he was scared! My daughter has epilepsy and has a VNS she been hospitalized for that surgery and for days due to seizures. She says her gown makes her feel like a princess takes the scary part of the hospital away!