Recycled Bridal Gowns for Lost Babies

(sewing machine) (Pauline Lindo) The first
time I did it myself, I cried. I literally cried. Because it was like,
you’re making this and you started thinking about
why you’re making it and where is it
going to be used. (narrator) Pauline Lindo turned
her pain into her passion. The Jamaica native
started a sewing ministry that makes burial
gowns for babies. (Pauline Lindo) It’s
gratifying, just knowing that you’re doing this for someone
else who is going through something so traumatic. I’ve been through it myself. So I know what it’s like. (woman 1) This will be
your first one then. (narrator) Pauline and
women from her church, Snellville United Methodist
near Atlanta, Georgia, craft dresses from
donated wedding gowns. (Pat Francis) When I’m
sewing these projects, I’m praying. I’m sending up prayers to
our Lord about the parents that have lost
their little ones. (narrator) The angel gowns
go to three area hospitals. They vary in size from wraps for
preemies to size 3 for toddlers. (Brenda Presha) Having a newborn
baby and then being told that your baby is not
going to survive, you know parents are just
shocked and overwhelmed. …and so I’ve really
witnessed at the bedside how… (narrator) Rev. Brenda Presha is
a neonatoal chaplain who blesses the volunteer’s hands. (Brenda Presha) My connection
with this ministry has been to facilitate the angel gowns
getting to our babies at a time when they’re going
to pass away, that includes giving infant
baptisms and blessings. You know, their baby has been
hooked up to a lot of machines and not worn clothes, and these
gowns just provide dignity and a sense of love and care. (woman 2) Yes! Look at that. (narrator) Church members
responded to the ministry with an outpouring of
donated wedding dresses from brides like Margie Tutton. (Margie Tutton) I was
married on June 14th, 1980 and I thought, ‘That dress
is just hanging in that closet and it’s time to give it to
someone who can really be blessed by it again.’ (woman 3) This came from
my stepdaughter’s wedding. (Margie Tutton) We’ve
received 40’s dresses, 50’s dresses, 60’s dresses. The giver wants to tell her
story of her wedding and what that dress meant to them and
that this was the perfect answer with what to do with that dress. (narrator) The women
choose the fabric they want, carefully removing the
embellishments to use every piece of the wedding dress. (Pauline Lindo) I hope
it gives some comfort. I hope it gives them peace in
seeing that someone prepared something special
for your little baby. (Brenda Presha) The nurse
will dress the baby in the gown. Parents spend time
holding and loving their baby. And parents have just let
us know how important that is to them. ♪ (music) ♪

1 thought on “Recycled Bridal Gowns for Lost Babies

  1. How can I donate my wedding dress? I went through a painful divorce. I love my dress but it is also a source of pain to see it each day in my closet. It’s time for it to ease the pain of someone seeing their baby dressed in the fabric from my dress. My dress was bought with hope and joy. It would bring me joy again to know it brought a mother peace seeing her sweet child.

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