Something From A Day Of Hope Gives Parents Peace On Their Saddest Day

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(Fort Worth, TX) A Texas woman has made it her mission to make sure premature babies who never make it home are buried with dignity and in something more than a blanket.

Lisa Grubbs is married to a specialist who works with premature babies.

Grubbs told WFAA-TV often the babies who died were wrapped in small towels or even washrags.

Wanting to change that, Grubbs got some volunteers together an started NICU Helping Hands.

Volunteers collect wedding dresses and transform them into gowns for the babies.

“It doesn’t take the hurt away from them. But it just lets them know that we feel like their baby‘s life means something,” said volunteer Amy Vickers.

Seamstresses can transform one gown into up to twelve of the baby gowns, each person has his or her own reason for helping.

LeJean Sturman lost a son shortly after birth and now helps with the gowns, “It would have just meant the world, because I would have felt like I was sending him in something special, instead of something ill-fitting.”

If you would like to donate a gown, you can ship it to: NICU Helping Hands at 301 Commerce Street, Suite 3200; Fort Worth, TX 76102.


  • Jolene Watson

    There is a group around Marked Tree Ar and Truman Ar that is doing this. They have a post on fb asking for wedding dresses. I think it is a very kind and thoughtful way to help greiving parents.

    • Sandra Voyles

      I have heard about this and would like to help. I lost my grandson on January 8,2014. He was 9 days old, he suffered from a rare condition called fetal-maternal hemmoraghe. Please contact me I live in crittenden county outside of Earle AR

  • Annette

    I will be donating mine in memory of my grandaughter. She was born terminal and we were blessed to have her for 15 months. This is such an amazing idea and am so glad NICU Helping Hands is following it through.

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