Repurpose your wedding dress

Donate a Gown

Give your wedding dress a new purpose

Thank you for your interest in donating your wedding gown. Kennedy’s Angel Gowns’ programs are only possible because of generous donors and volunteers like you. Wedding gowns are received from across the nation and transformed into beautiful burial garments in the hands of our volunteers.

The free burial garments we create are helping bereaved families faced with pregnancy or infant loss. One wedding dress provides several infant burial gowns, garments or wraps for infants who pass away during their hospital stay. All of the burial items are handmade by volunteer seamstresses and delivered in our Angel Box at no cost to the receiving family.

We are honored that you would partner with us to help grieving families in Virginia Beach, Virginia, our surrounding communities, and across the United States.​

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Frequently Asked Questions

Wedding Gown Donations

 

Do I have to dry-clean my gown before donating?

Yes, please! This saves our team precious time and allows us to get to work sewing.

What if my wedding dress is more than a year old?

As long as the gown fabric is in good condition and dry-cleaned, we can use it for our patterns. 

What kind of gowns do you accept?

We accept all wedding gowns that have been dry-cleaned and are in good condition. We also accept bridesmaid gowns of any color. The most useful gowns are the ones with more satin fabric used for the gowns.

Is a gown donation considered a charitable donation?

Kennedy’s Angel Gowns is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations made to us are tax-deductible. Once your gown is received, a tax receipt is emailed to the donor. Drop-off donations are sent throughout the year, arriving in time for the tax filing season.

Why do you temporarily close wedding gown donations?

Gown donations are often received on a regular basis and the ongoing donations are appreciated and needed. We close donations in order to concentrate on making the infant burial gowns from our current inventory.

Do you accept other wedding items?

We also accept veils, headpieces, and sashes. 

📦 Can I mail my gown donation?

No, we currently only accept in-person donations at our monthly Angel Box Sew-In Team events. Your generosity makes a world of difference! Find more details and the next event scheduled at kennedysangelgowns.org/events.

Are you accepting gown donations right now?

If donations are closed, you can find a banner at the bottom of our website or on this page indicating the closure.

Can I drop off a gown donation ?

Yes, if you are in or near Virginia Beach, VA we can accept your wedding gown in person at THE ANGEL BOX Team Sew-In events.

Can I have gowns sent to me for local distribution of my choice?

No, we do not send bulk garments to individuals for this purpose. If you are a bereaved parent needing a garment, please see our infant gown request page. If you are a medical professional seeking assistance for your hospital, please click here.

Who pays to ship a donated wedding gown?

The donor is responsible for the shipping cost of their wedding gown to Kennedy’s Angel Gowns.

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Accepting local drop off donations

Visit an upcoming Angel Box Team Sew-In event to drop off your wedding gown. Your donation will be greatly appreciated and will make a world of difference to bereaved families. Let's spread love and kindness together ❤️

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