Angel Gowns​​

About Angel Gowns

Project Day

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.

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.

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.

To Be Announced​

Project     Angel Gowns

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If you wish to make donations or receive more information, including patterns, please contact: 

Sue Barnabee, [email protected] (309) 647-0111