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.


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.


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 with any questions.

Donate Your Wedding Dress (Large Sizes Only)

IMG_5486Do you have a large wedding dress taking up space in your closet or know of someone who does?

We are in need of wedding dresses (size 12 and up)  to ship to Haiti. Though the Dorcas Ministry Shop has closed its doors, Madame Benison still rents out wedding gowns and sells formals gowns through a room on the Mission to Haiti campus.

Mdm. Bennison

Mdm. Bennison

This endeavor supplies her with a regular income, and she provides an excellent service for brides in Port au Prince. During the one week my mom and I spent in Haiti, we saw her do fittings with 2 customers.

She currently has a large number of small dresses, but very few large sizes, so she has had to turn people away.

Donations can be sent us at 500 Dresses c/o Kim Harms, 314 Centennial Dr., Huxley, IA 50124

As always, thank you for your support of this ministry!

A Beautiful Haitian Bride




This beautiful bride is Manoucheke Pierre, wife a Steeve Derard, an employee of Mission to Haiti. The two were married last fall, and they were kind enough to send me some photos to post for you to see.

Manoucheke is just one of many brides who have benefited from Dorcas Ministry Shop.The bridal gown rental business keeps a variety of sizes and styles of wedding gowns on hand for brides-to-be to rent for their big day. Unlike in the United States where brides buy a dress and grooms rent a tux, in Haiti the bride rents a dress while the groom has a suit tailored for him. (Steeve’s brother is a tailor and made his suit.)

Brides can also purchase flower girl dresses, bridesmaid dresses and mother-of-the-bride dresses from The Dorcas Ministry Shop. (The flower girl makes an appearance in the last photo.) Keep on giving us your gently used formal gowns, and we’ll keep providing the shop with new merchandise.

Be sure to take a look at Manoucheke’s bouquet. Y’vette, Mirlaine and Sonia, three women I had the opportunity to work with last year, make pretty fabric bridal bouquets at the shop.


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Beautiful Bridal Gowns for Haiti

When I was a little girl I used to like to try on the fancy dresses that my seamstress mom made or altered for pretty much every bride or prom goer within a 100 mile radius of Britt, Iowa.  I’d pretend I was heading off to a formal dance or getting ready for my wedding. (Shhh, don’t tell anyone…I’m pretty sure mom’s customers don’t know I modeled their dresses in front of my full length mirror.)

I currently prefer jeans and flips-flops to frills and lace, but I do like to look at pretty dresses. I thought you might too. We recently received these two beautiful dresses to send to Dorcas Ministry Shop in Port au Prince. Enjoy the photos 🙂