NICU Helping Hands’ Angel Gown Program began in 2013 because we recognized the overwhelming need to support families who lost a baby while in the hospital. Our Angel Gown Program provides comfort for families by providing a beautiful gown for final photos and for burial services. There is no greater gift that can be given to a grieving family than affirming the importance of the life of their child by offering this simple gift.
Sewn with love by volunteer seamstresses, donated wedding gowns are used to create beautiful gowns for families grieving the death of their child.
It is an honor for us to provide gowns free of charge to any family or hospital requesting our Angel Gown garments. Other non-profits providing bereavement services to families can also submit requests. Requests from hospitals and non-profits should be completed here.
All urgent or time sensitive requests from families or hospitals should be made by filling out this form.
Please note: This program is available nationally. Not only do we accept gowns from around the country, we provide any NICU with the Angel Gown garments. We welcome volunteer seamstresses in locations outside of DFW.
Gown Donation Information
Donation via Shipping: Gowns can be shipped directly to us at NICU Helping Hands C/O Ideal Partners, 6913 Camp Bowie BLVD Suite 181, Fort Worth, Texas 76116. We suggest that you remove the crinoline from the gown so that it is less bulky and expensive to ship. Folding the gown neatly into a small box is preferred and wrinkling is not a concern as our seamstresses will be pressing the gown during the sewing process.
Donation in Person: If you are local to the DFW you can drop off your gown Monday-Friday 1pm-6pm at Bliss Bridal, 4624 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
Gowns We Accept: We accept all wedding gowns. Even if there are stains on the gown, we can use portions of the gown that are not stained. We accept pale colored bridesmaid gowns and other ball gowns as these often provide beading and additional silk and satin fabrics that are useful in making the Angel Gown garment.
Unfortunately at this time we are unable to personally pick up gowns from donors’ homes. Thank you for your understanding.
If you would like a tax deductible receipt please include this request PINNED to your gown at the time of donation. We must have your name and mailing address on the written request as well.
Volunteer Seamstress Information
We will mail gowns to out of town seamstresses or schedule a time for local seamstresses to pick up a gown. Seamstresses who prefer to collect gowns in their local areas for us are welcome to do so. All completed Angel Gown garments should be mailed or delivered back to us so that we can prepare them for placement in a hospital or with a family in need. We take special care in packaging each garment individually. In addition to the Angel Gown box, we provide hospitals and families with additional information so that they can contact us should they need other assistance for the family.
We respectfully ask that if you are sewing for NICU Helping Hands that you allow us to place the Angel Gown garments at hospitals so all necessary steps are taken to make sure the appropriate gown sizes and numbers are provided to hospitals and families. This also ensures that families know how to contact us for additional support that might be needed.
Your gift of love is priceless to grieving families and we thank you
from the bottom of our hearts for helping us comfort them through this program.