Somber Note: A Great Cause For That Old Wedding Gown

If your wedding gown was ruined (as mine was, but an awful drycleaner/seamstress combo), or you have an oldie-not-so-goodie that’s been passed down to you, but you don’t know what to do with it, consider donating it to the Mary Madeline Project.

This organization was started out of observed necessity – searching for a dressing gown for a deceased newborn. Not only was it difficult for the organizers to find a gown that would fit, but they realized the stress and trauma associated with the process, for the parents and loved ones of the departed child.

The Mary Madeline Project takes donations of dresses, yarn, and ribbon, as well as monitary donations – and create dressing gowns to make what would be an almost impossible-to-deal-with situation a little better.

It sure beats selling it at a garage sale.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. T
    Sep 04, 2009 @ 12:32:35

    Great post.

    Up in Toronto they also have a program called “The Brides Project.” This may be a bit different, as it’s intended for used bridal gowns that are still wearable. Brides donate their gowns post-wedding, and the Brides Project re-sells them to brides who are looking for a deal. All of the money goes to the children’s hospital in Toronto.

    My wedding’s still more than 11 months away… I felt like the whole dress-buying process is wasteful (since you only wear it once) but I’m glad to see that there are so many ways that you can do good things with your worn dress.


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