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Wedding dresses to Angel Gowns

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Brides will spend a fortune on their wedding dress and hundreds more to have it preserved. In this day and age, few daughters want to wear their mother's dress so it sits in the closet collecting dust.

After her husband died seven years ago of brain cancer, LuAnn Gallup of Harrisburg recently decided it was time to part with her wedding dress to help others.

"It just felt good to send her the gown so that a family that's grieving doesn't have to go out and buy something to bury a child," Gallup said.

Thanks to a project called Angel Gowns, volunteers are turning wedding dresses into tiny dresses. The garments are then given to families who've had a baby die in the hospital.

The Angel Gowns are free and up to 20 can be made from one wedding dress. When Donna Ulrich, owner of Hello Gorgeous in Camp Hill, heard about Angel Gowns, it touched her heart and she knew she had to help.

"To be able to take this dress and turn it into a beautiful thing to help a grieving parent, it's just to me a win-win." Ulrich said.

Ulrich is donating her own dress. Plus, starting Thursday, May 15 and running until the end of the month, the consignment store will collect donated wedding dresses for the Angel Gown project. In return, you get a $5 coupon to spend in the store.

LuAnn Gallup said giving her dress away was the perfect way to honor her husband of 28 years.

"As my grandson says to me, it makes my heart happy. Nene, it makes my heart happy," Gallup said.

Hello Gorgeous could use financial help shipping the wedding dresses to have them made into Angel Gowns. If you can help, go to www.hellogorgeousshopping.com.

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