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Are you accepting wedding dress donations currently?

Yes!

** Due to upcoming personal events, we will HALT wedding dress donations effective June 1, 2021 through the rest of 2021.  Dress donations accompanied by keepsake order will continue to be accepted.

What are your dress requirements?

Any

color, size, or age wedding dresses are accepted

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Dress Donation Info

Please read fully & carefully

Items we DO accept:

  1. Prom, bridesmaid, mother of the bride/groom, evening, and flower girl dresses of any color size, or age. Veils, petticoats, headpieces, other accessories.

  2. Tuxedos, men’s wedding suits

  3. Christening/Baptismal gowns

  4. Materials such as fabric, lace, thread, buttons, etc.

  5. Gift cards to JoAnn Fabrics, Walmart, Michaels, Amazon

  6. Dual Purpose white or ivory sewing machine thread

  7. 2-gallon Ziploc freezer bags (to store dresses safely)

  8. Used or new sewing scissors, snips, and other sewing tools

  9. Buttons in any size, shape, and color

  10. Clear glass/plastic ball ornaments – for Memory Boxes

  11. “I’ll hold you in Heaven” books – for Memory Boxes

  12. White marabou boas – for Memory Boxes

  13. 1” & 1 ½” heavy-duty safety pins

  14. Financial support

Items we DO NOT accept:

  1. Items with mold, mildew, dry rot, heavy odors, or heavy staining

Cleaning of your donated dress:

  1.   If your dress is soiled, please consider sending a financial donation to assist us with cleaning costs. ($20 to $50 is sufficient.) Checks can be made payable to The Emma and Evan Foundation and sent with your dress donation.

Organization Information

  1. We an IRS recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization

  2. Your donation receipt is the top portion of your donation release form.

Pictures of little angel gowns made from your donated dress:

  1. We will attempt to send you photos of the little gowns created from your donation. We cannot, however, guarantee it, as our organization is run by volunteers who work outside the home, raise families, and graciously volunteer their free time.

Angel Gowns returned to you:

  1. Our bylaws prohibit us from returning completed angel gowns to donors. Upon request, we will gladly send them to an in-need facility of your choice. You will need to ask if the facility will accept them and provide the Emma & Evan Foundation with a contact name, facility name, and mailing address.  We ask that you pay shipping charges.

Approximate wait time between donation and angel gown creation:

  1. At this point in time, donated dresses will not be sent to a seamstress for at least two years.

Local Organization:

  1. There are many, many angel gown organizations throughout the U.S.  We are all independent of each other, are not affiliated with each other, and do not have 'chapters'.  To donate locally, please conduct a Google search, “Gown Organizations near me”.

Ways to support the Emma and Evan Foundation

You can support the Emma and Evan Foundation in various ways

  1. AmazonSmiles – choose “Eve Foundation” our parent Foundation

  2. Monthly or one-time donation HERE

  3. Financial donations

    1. PayPal – 

    2. Check made payable to The Emma and Evan Foundation

Sponsor a memory box

  1. Memory box sponsorships can be one-time or monthly at $15

  2. You can sponsor a memory box HERE

 

Donate Your Dress:

  1. Contact Us below or send an email request to ‘emmaandevangowns@gmail.com’ to request our mailing address and your donation release form.

    1. This form MUST accompany your dress donation.  Dresses received without this form will be considered anonymously donated and will not be tracked with your name.  

 

  1. Purchase your $15 UPS mailing label via GiveBackBox - link will be sent via email.

    1. Add to cart

    2. Submit payment

    3. You will receive an email containing the link to print your label

    4. Print your label and affix it to your package

    5. Drop off your package at your nearest UPS store.

      1. You can also utilize the post office (USPS) and ship your donation by weight or in a flat rate box

      2. NOTE:  Ship via GiveBackBox at your own risk as they use the same tracking number for every package sent to us.

  2. Do’s and Don’ts for packing

    1. Do not

      1. Add tissue paper, packing peanuts, or other packing materials to your box

      2. Forget to add your Donation Release form.  The top portion is your tax receipt.

      3. Send your package ‘signature required’

    2. Do

      1. Remove your dress from its preservation box

      2. Remove the tulle (puffy underneath) if your dress is more than 15 years old

      3. SAVE YOUR RECEIPT UNTIL YOU’VE RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM THE EMMA & EVAN FOUNDATION, INDICATING WE’VE RECEIVED YOUR DONATION!

      4. INCLUDE YOUR COMPLETED DONATION RELEASE FORM

Suggested $35 Financial Donation:

  1. On average the cost to process one dress, minus cleaning expense, is roughly $35. 

    1. This includes storage facility fees, storage supplies, shipping to and from the seamstress, misc. supplies for our seamstresses, and shipment of the angel gowns to the hospitals.

Complimentary Locket with your $100 donation:

  1. All dress donations accompanied by a monetary donation of $100 or more will receive a complimentary keepsake locket (normally $25) made from your donated dress.

Order a Keepsake item from YOUR own wedding dress:

  1. You can purchase a keepsake/heirloom item crafted from your own wedding dress

    1. Visit EveFoundation.org/shop to view our available options and place an order.  Or place your order after we have received your dress.

    2. Include a copy of your order with your dress donation

    3. Keepsake items are made within 3-4 weeks of receipt of your donated dress

    4. Keepsake items are made from YOUR wedding dress unless otherwise requested

    5. Reminder:  Ship via GiveBackBox at your own risk as they use the same tracking number for all packages sent to us. 

 

Be sure to check your spam/junk folders for our email response.