We had a gown delivery at Texas Children's Hospital on Friday, January 22nd. We took 40 gowns that will be given out to children being admitted to the hospital for heart surgery over the next months or so. Sadly...many children will be admitted for heart surgery. On a good note, these gowns will brighten their day and give them something special and fun on the day of their surgery. Sometimes, it's the littlest things that make a difference for these kids. Kate at TCH is such a sweet child life specialist! She always makes kids feel special and helps calm their nerves at a very difficult time and these gowns will just be one more way for her to achieve that! She did notice that one of the little gowns,for a girl, was the same fabric as the doll she uses when she explains their bodies and what about the surgery, etc. I know that she will end up giving that particular gown to some little girl who is uneasy and that she will see that her little gown will match the doll and it will hopefully make her smile.
Kate is going to send us some photographs of some of the patients modeling their gowns later after passing them out. I can't wait to see the smiling faces in their Heartfelt Couture gowns! Thanks to Beth and Dr. Justino also for the nice comments about the gowns and for the photo opportunities! Texas Children's Hospital showed great appreciation for the delivery of the gowns!
The gown delivery would not have been possible without the help of Susan Tanner! She lives in the Houston area and volunteered to sew gowns for us! She came to the hospital where we met for the first time and helped deliver the gowns. Several other have helped sew gowns in Lufkin, as well! Kelly Wayland of Lumbermen's Insurance has been such a blessing as well! Also, thanks to Corrine Davis of Lufkin, Heartstrings Support Group, Jan at Bessie Mary in Highland Village, She donated some of the fabric, and Southside Baptist Church ladies who all pitched in to help with these gowns. Without the help and donations of others, this would not be possible.
We are in need of donations to continue this work. If you or someone you know would like to know how to donate, please contact Keri. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. She can give you the details of exactly how you can help! We would greatly appreciate any help you can give