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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.

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.

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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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Every day children are stuck in the hospital, same rooms, same faces, and same hospital attire. These amazingly creative gowns put a huge smile on these kids faces! I also love that they snap, so you can get them on and off with IV lines. The ladies who makes these work night and day to help these kids and expect nothing in return. What an amazing concept and product!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for my son's gown. He has been in and out of the hospital with Myasthenia Gravis for the past 4 years. He has a smile on his face no mater what, but his last hospital trip was a rough on knowing he was in a MG crisis and had to be transported to another hospital via ambulance. He wore the gown that he received and was so proud to tell everyone how wonderful Gracie's Gowns was for making his gown. Little comfort while away from home is so nice. Thank you again for everything you do.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about Gracie's Gowns . My daughter was born with CHD and she also has an Auto immune disorder. She was in and out of the hospital several times . We received our Gown in 2012 and it was just perfect , it even had her name on it . We used this gown several times and even after her Open heart surgery . The nurses and doctors all loved her Gown. Everytime someone came into the room it was a conversation topic. It really helped take some of the anxiety away of being in the hospital . The gown was so comfortable to my daughter . It was also nice to have her own gown , with her Auto immune disorder it was very important that everything was clean . We love Gracie's Gowns. We will forever be greatful to Jessica.

5

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.

4

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.

4

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.