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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

87 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 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!