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Wrapped in Love works to help take burden away from grieving families

A dress made by members of Wrapped in Love
A dress made by members of Wrapped in Love(Courtesy: Carol Johnston)
Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 5:41 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Wrapped in Love in a Douglas-based non-profit-that makes dresses for stillborns out of donated wedding dresses.

“These women loved their dresses and it was probably the happiest day of their life and they are donating it in my mind to keep that joy going,” said Carol Johnston, the Wrapped in Love Chair.

Johnston said the goal with these dresses is to take away some of the struggling family’s burden. “Parents need something to put their baby in no matter how small. It needs to be something lovely,” Johnston said.

Johnston started this group because her mom and her sister had a miscarriage. A challenge she faces is getting volunteers to help sew dresses. “Some ladies, bless their hearts, they try and they just can’t do it. It’s an emotional thing sewing for this group,” Johnston said. She understands people have to quit and always warmly welcomes them back.

Families are given a gown, blanket, and sometimes booties and an angel charm. They choose not to be in contact with families who receive these gowns. “I’m sure if the families wanted to know they could ask the staff and the staff would tell them who to contact, but that’s not something I want to push on someone at that time,” Johnston said.

Wrapped in Love services five to 10 hospitals with these gowns and hope to do more. Plus, they are looking for volunteers all over the state.

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