We are a charity community in Ontario that is looking to help out the parents of infants born too early or still. We transform a donated wedding gown into tiny angel gowns which are delivered to hospitals to be handed out to parents free of charge. Through personal experience we found a need for these gowns. What better way to help parents but to give them one less thing to worry about.
At a time like this any little help is great help. Please, help us to help them with a donation in the form of a donated wedding gown, sewing supplies, gift cards, monetary donation or your seamstress experience.
06/12/16 ... Please, NOTE that we are putting a HOLD on taking in gowns. We have a large inventory at the moment that we are trying to get through. Your donations of wedding gowns have been so wonderful that at times it overwhelms us. We would like to keep the gowns in tip top shape so we have to make sure we have ample space to store them. Your understanding is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
06/12/16 ... SEWING NOTIONS NEEDED - Here are some of our recent Angel Gowns created by our creative seamstresses who put many hours and much effort into their work. We try to use as much decortions from the gowns as we can but other supplimentary decorations are also needed to complete many gowns. We always welcome, ribbon, thread, buttons, clasps, bias tapes and anything else you think suitable. Please, send us an email to find out where you can send your packages. Thank you in advance.
Ontario founder Sherie Vukelic
Sherie's boys - Brandon, the rainbow baby and a preemie and Jaxon, the full term baby. They are now thriving boys of age 5 and 1.
Wedding gowns donated by generous people.
Here is the process we use to go from wedding gowns to angel gowns.
We work hard to turn the wedding gowns into tiny angel gowns.
A new show has started called Let's Talk Mom that includes an episode on Pregnancy and Infant Loss featuring Sherie Vukelic and other guests.
Brampton has joined other cities around Ontario in recognizing October 15 as being the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day.
Raising awareness for the first Wave of Light on October 15, the day being the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day.
A new video has been made recently about the loss of Sherie and John's twins Liam and Nathan. It was very hard to go through these photos and film again but the story needed to be told. We are glad to have this video to keep the memory forever.
An articles has been written recently in the Spectator about another group of Angel Gown making ladies called Wee Care Gowns and Forever Loved Angel Gowns was mentioned. We are so glad other groups have started as well who will help many bereaved parents to a gown their angel deserves.
There is an article on WN.com that includes a lovely song called Locked up in Our Love by Drago Vukelic, no relation that we know of unless Sherie's dad, also Drago in Croatian has recorded a song when we weren't looking. The lyrics are very touching and the song is worth a listen.
Heather Albanese sews love into every stitch of the ‘angel gowns’ she creates ... Our wonderful seamstress Heather has been featured on the pages of Inside Halton as a special to the Burlington Post written by Melanie Cummings. From one donated wedding gown Heather usually creates twenty angel gowns of various sizes. Thank you Heather for the work you do.
Recently we've had a contest to find an appropriate logo for Flag cards, letters and photos. We received a few beautiful designs but one stood out to all of us and it was a logo done by Josee Hartrick. She has donated the Jpg file as well as other versions of it for our use. She has also offered any other graphic work we may need done. Thank you Josee for your time and efforts.
A new article has just come out in the Toronto Star talking about Forever Loved Angel Gowns and what the good folk there are doing to help out grieving parents. The article was written by staff writer Tara Deschamps
This article has also appeared in a Hamilton newspaper to bring awarness to infant loss and to let everyone know that it's ok to talk about it and you can also help in doing something worthwhile.
Recently the very first Angel Gown delivery was made to the Civic Hospital in Brampton. It happened on May 31, 2014. We were excited and a bit nervous about our reception at the hospital but the response was overwhelmingly positive.
Sherie has also been featured in the Brampton Guardian on June 13, 2014 with a lovely article written by Radhika Panjwani . Click Details to read the story.
Recently Sherie Vukelic was interviewed by journalist Michele Mandel. The article appeared in the Toronto Sun on Sunday May 25, 2014. She did a lovely article about the work we to here at FLAG. Thank you Michele for such a wonderful article. Click Details for a link to read the article.
Sherie has been invited to a radio talk show Family Caregivers Unite hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley to speak about FLAG and work we are doing to help bereaved parents with angel gowns. The interview is scheduled for July 7, 2014. Click on Details to listen to the show.
Please consider reading this wonderful post on a blog called From Overwhelmed to Organized by Hilda. She wrote about wondering what to do with her wedding gown of sixteen years. She found Forever Loved Angel Gowns and decided to donate her dress. Thank you Hilda for the dress and this wonderful post called Why I Gave Away My Wedding Gown.