Something about little girl dresses leaves me starry-eyed and tilting my head and missing my girls who were little just a few days ago and missing my girl who will never be big at all.
Even if I hadn’t lost a daughter I think it would still be hard for me to part with the piles of tulle and satin and ruffle-butt tights. But because my oldest is 17, I know what will happens with the stacks of dresses I continue to fold into storage bins. They will sit untouched and every year I will debate on selling them or packing them in a bag for Goodwill and I will do nothing more than put them right back into their awaiting bins so I can rinse, wash and repeat next year.
While doing my annual nostalgic dance with dresses of Christmas past, I decided I might be able to part with them if I knew they were going to someone who needed them so I posted this status on Facebook:
I was just going through Christmas dresses from my girls and was thinking what a shame it is that they were only worn once. I know there are a lot of people out there in financial need and new Christmas clothes are not in the budget this year. If you are one of them, I have sizes up to 6x and will mail the clothes to you at no charge. Message me on this page or send me an email at email@example.com and what size you need and they are yours. (If you have new or gently used holiday clothes that you wouldn’t mind sending to someone, leave the outfit and size in the comments and we will see if we can dress some kids up this year.)
Well my little wall post went a little crazy and I’ve been overwhelmed by offers to donate and also families in need. I’ve been alternating between a fancy Excel spreadsheet and breathing into a paper bag, but so far a crowd of generous people have given dress clothes to 26 children just since Friday. If you will excuse the brain dump I’m just going to list what we currently have available and what we still need and then I’m going to hope that my comments and email inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) fill up with people in need of the outfits available, people who can donate to fill the current needs and people who are unable to afford a holiday outfit for their girl or boy this year because we will find one, I promise.
I will continuously update this post as donations and requests come in: (updated 12/10 8 pm)
Dress clothes available
6 mos girl
6 mos girl
12 mos girl
18-24 mos girl
24 mos girl
Dress clothes needed
Now can I just say I love this? I love everyone helping and I love everyone who wants something special for their kids this year and this is just the best. That is all. Thank you. Truly. The best.
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