Call Out for Wedding Gowns and Formal Dresses for Haiti

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Photo from the wedding of a wonderful guy (my interpreter for the week) that mom and I attended while in Haiti in 2015.

We are collecting your wedding gowns, formal dresses and mother-of-the-bride type dresses to send to Haiti.  These dresses are given to a wedding gown rental business in Port au Prince through Mission to Haiti. They provide Mdm. Bennison with an income,

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Mdm. Bennison

and Haitian women a place to go to find beautiful gowns at a reasonable price.

After the construction of the vocational school is complete (see photos here) the school will also begin renting wedding gowns and selling formal dresses.  This will not only provide income, but will also give the students the opportunity to utilize their tailoring skills by making dress alterations as needed.

This is what we are looking for –

  • Wedding Gowns – They must be new(ish) styles. Haitians have access to the Internet and they know what’s in and what’s not. We also prefer dresses that are not heavy with beading. Some beading is fine, but it’s cost prohibitive to ship super-heavy dresses.
  • Formal Gowns – Your daughter’s Prom dress or a bridemaid dress is perfect. Bonus points if you have multiple bridesmaid dresses of the same style to donate.
  • Mother-of-the-Bride dresses.
  • Nice Capes or Jackets that would go with a wedding gown. Haitian women keep their shoulders covered on their wedding day. (See the little jacket in the above photo.)
  • Sewing supplies like lace, white thread, sequins, trim. . . anything that might add to a formal gown.

If you have questions or would like to donate, contact us through Facebook or 500dresses@gmail.com.

Donate Your Wedding Gowns and Formal Dresses to Haiti

Renting wedding gowns to brides for their big day provides income for Mdm. Bennison in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In addition to renting out wedding dresses, she also sells formal dresses.

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Mdm. Bennison

We’ve given dresses to her a number of times, but it’s been a while so we decided it’s time for another shipment to expand her inventory.

Here’s what we’re looking for.

Formal Gowns

  • They must be current. No 1980s stuff that you find in the back of your closet. Life in Haiti might be a lot different that life in the US, but Haitian women have access to TV and Internet and they know what’s in and what isn’t. If you think it’s too out of style to wear, they probably will too.
  • We’d love a set of bridesmaid dresses if anyone has multiples of the same dress.

Wedding Gowns

  • Specifically larger sized wedding gowns (size 14+). Though we’ll take smaller ones if they are current.

We’ll be accepting donations throughout the month of February. Thanks for considering helping us out in this way.

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Photo from the wedding of a wonderful guy (my interpreter for the week) that mom and I attended while in Haiti in 2015.

Contact us at 500dresses@gmail.com with any questions.

My Breast Cancer Diagnosis

While recovering from surgery, I watch a whole season of Downton Abbey in one day :)

While recovering from surgery, I watched a whole season of Downton Abbey in one day 🙂

On January 20, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.   One month after my 40th birthday.

I was hoping to take a tropical vacation to celebrate my entrance into a new decade. Instead I took a trip to Iowa Methodist Hospital and had a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.  Not really what I had in mind for this year.

I’ve been sporadically sharing updates about my months of cancer madness on my writing blog. Take a look at kimharms.net if you are interested in learning about the ups and downs of my year so far.

God is good. And he has shown himself to me in the sweetest ways over the past few months. I’d give up the cancer if I could, but I sure don’t want to give up the closeness I have had with my Savior.

My posts here will probably not be regular any time soon, but mom and I are still continuing our ministry. We want to keep serving and moving in whatever direction God leads us.  Here’s what we’ve got going on currently.

  • Mom is preparing for our second shipment to India.
  • We are still in need of large wedding gowns to ship to Haiti.  Size 12 and up. Please let us know if you have one you’d like to donate.
  • We are hoping to provide support to the sewing school in Buedet, Haiti where mom and I taught in November.  As we learn of needs at the school, we will pass them along to you.