Loss of an infant leaves a sorrowful emptiness in the arms and hearts of
their families who never were able to bring the child home from the
hospital. It can be an isolating time, especially as parents try to find
clothing in which to bury their tiny babies.
October 10-11 has been set for the drop off and pick up supplies day at
the Chillicothe Christian Church, 510 W Frances Street, Chillicothe, IL.
For lunch reservations contact Kim Aldag at 698-2026.
The Chillicothe Christian Church is coordinating the project to make
Angel Dresses from wedding and formal gowns. The Angel Dresses are
for babies who never recover in the neonatal intensive care unit at
Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
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Angel Gowns of Central Illinois
The gowns are made for baby boys and girls to serve as
baptismal/end of life gowns. Navy, gray and black are
used for pant sets for the boys. The gowns are made to
fit the small premature babies. One wedding dress can
make up to 10-12 Angel Gowns.
Each little outfit comes packed in a special, pretty
keepsake box. In the box, along with the gown, is a
handmade blanket and hat and booties.
Over 100 wedding dresses have been donated since
the project began. There is a need for pink, blue or
black gowns. They currently have a supply of wedding
dresses. They also need ribbons, lace, buttons, thread
and other notions, cash donations or JoAnn Fabric gift
cards to purchase sewing supplies. Dresses do not
need to be cleaned before you send them. Unless your
gown has been trashed, sewers have had lots of luck
spot cleaning and working around damage.
ASG members can contact Dorothy Burnett at (309)
647-1956 or Sue Barnabee, email@example.com (309)
647-0111 to make donations or for more information.