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Group to create gowns for angels

Caitlin Ring • Sep 26, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Local residents are invited to participate in Angel Gown’s first service project to donate or help create gowns to parents and families grieving from infant loss.

The Angel Gown sewing party will be Oct. 17-18 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in the Education Building.

Penny West, a local seamstress, originally created Angel Gown through a home demonstration club to give back to parents affected by infant death.

The group asks for donations of clean old dresses, as well as lace, ribbon, Velcro and volunteers to help create the gowns. Several dresses were previously donated, so anyone who wants to donate a dress should call ahead to be put on a contact list if there are any further dress needs.

If so, neutral or pastel colors are preferred.

“This is a good way to offer a positive occasion to grieving families,” said Shelly Barnes, Wilson County family and consumer sciences Extension agent.

Other than the items, volunteers are also needed to help make the creations.

“If you don’t have any sewing experience, it is a good learning experience,” Barnes said. “Sewing machines and lunch will be provided at the event.”

The goal is to create at least 12 dresses that will be sent to Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon to represent each month of the year. Extra materials and gowns will be sent to Carthage or Smithville if the event has a good response.

There will be plenty of space for the volunteers, but anyone interested should RSVP with a name and contact information.

Donation dropoffs are at the Wilson County Extension office at 925 E. Baddour Pkwy., Suite 100, in Lebanon.

Anyone with questions or who wants to RSVP may contact Barnes at 615-444-9584 or sbarnes@utk.edu.


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