Most wedding gowns just sit in a box inside the closet to gather dust after it has been worn. Some wedding gowns get passed on to their daughters or grand daughters. These Irish women are keeping them for a totally different cause, though.
Shannon Angel Sisters is a group of women who gather old wedding dresses and turn them into smaller dresses for prematurely born babies. Many parents have found it difficult to find a christening dress for premature babies who are too small to fit store-bought items.
The group is all-volunteer unit whose members are all taught how to cut the right pieces off of the actual gown, create different patterns and sew them together as something new.
Shannon Angel Sisters was founded on April of this year and they have donated 86 dresses since operation began. Located in western Ireland, specifically in County Clare, the women have serviced their surrounding communities with cute premature baby dresses.
Co-Organizer of the group, Alice Myers, said, “It’s difficult to sew such small gowns, but it’s been an enjoyable experience.”
According to her, 5 out of the 12 members lost children including her which makes making the tiny dresses quite emotional. Myers donated her own wedding dress and was able to make 12 tiny dresses out of it, all of them carrying a note of the memory of her son, Jack.
Shannon Angels also make dresses for still-born babies that come with two heart-shaped keepsakes – one to be buried with the baby and the other for the parents to keep as a memory.
“People have said to us that these little bits of material have become so precious to them,”
Shannon Angel Sisters and their cause have gone viral and people are donating gowns from all over the world in memory of a child they lost or just to simply support the advocacy. They receive so much donations that their storage can hardly accommodate them.
The group, of course, still need financial support to cover the cost of their materials and have set up a GoFundMe account. Isn’t this just the sweetest?!