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This Woman Found a Touching Way to Recycle Her Wedding Dress

posted: 01/07/16
by: Mara Betsch
yvonne trimble recycled wedding dress
Yvonne Trimble

Many women struggle with what do with their wedding dresses after their big days. Sure, you can save it for a daughter, who may very well think it's old-fashioned and tacky by the time she's ready to walk down the aisle, you could resell it, or you could donate it to charity.

Yvonne Trimble opted for the third option, and she decided to share her great idea with the world (by world, we mean Facebook), according to Mashable. Though many worthwhile charities give gowns to brides in need, Trimble took a slight different approach, by giving her gown to Cherished Gowns, a nonprofit that makes beautiful dresses for stillborn babies, or those who die shortly after birth. She sums up her decision in her heartfelt Facebook post:

Deciding in May 2015 that I would never wear my wedding dress again, I sent it to a charity that turns donated dresses into little gowns for babies who are stillborn or who die shortly after birth.

Yesterday they sent me pictures of what they had made with my dress and a mix of emotions swept over me when I received them; pride that I'd done something good, sadness that it's necessary for these gowns to have to be made, relief that I've never known this heartbreak, and a sense of thankfulness that volunteers around the country give up their time to produce such comforting garments.

I post these pictures not to shout my worth, but to advertise the charity that does this wonderful work; they need volunteers to knit, sew, crochet and they need donations of all manner of stuff, not just dresses, so if you care to look at their website it may be that more little souls will be helped.

gowns for stillborns

And though Cherished Gowns accepts gowns from all over, there are U.S.-based charities, like The Angel Gown, which provide a similar service. If you're finding a nice home for your wedding dress, these are worthy causes.