Mary Madeline Project

Emails & Letters

We are sharing, with you, a few of the heartfelt emails and letters we have received. Please take the time to read them and know that for all of you that are helping, have helped and will help in the future … these are meant for you too!.

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I just found your web site my name is Shelly S. a year ago March 2nd I had my first son Nathaniel Alan, he was still born at 24 weeks. It was one of the hardest things I have ever been through. When I woke up from having him I found the note that you had given my husband and told me about the gown you gave him it meant so much to me in everything going on i never took to the time to even think about it. It touched me so much and still does I still have the original letter than came with his gown and will continue to keep it. I keep all the women you have touched in my prayers and know that through all the hard times there is a God and he sends people like you when we need them the most thank you so much. You will forever be in my heart.

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Sandra T. wrote:
I WOULD LIKE TO DONATE MY WEDDING GOWN TO YOUR PROJECT. WHERE WOULD I MAIL IT TO? HOW DOES IT HAVE TO BE SHIPPED?
THANK YOU

Carlin Kammerer wrote:
Where are you located? You can mail it to PO Box 6207, Omaha Nebraska 68106. You can ship it in any box. Thanks so much, it means a great deal to the parents who must dress their little ones. We also put memory tags in all the burial outfits, if you would like, you can include a list of your deceased loved ones, and all the outfits made from your gown will be in their memory. Thanks again!

Sandra T.wrote:

GOOD MORNING, I LIVE IN STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK. I AM EMAILING YOU FROM WORK WHICH IS LOCATED IN BROOKLYN NEW YORK. I WORK FOR THE NYC FIRE DEPARTMENT. I WILL MAIL OUT THE GOWN HOPEFULLY THIS WEEKEND. I WAS VERY TOUCHED WHEN I READ A STORY ABOUT YOUR PROGRAM IN MY LOCAL PAPER A WHILE AGO AND AFTER MOVING MY PARENTS OUT OF THEIR HOME I HAVE RETRIEVED MY GOWN. I WOULD LIKE TO PUT THE GOWN(S) IN MEMORY OF THE 343 FIRE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS WE LOST ON September 11, 2001. I LOST a lot OF VERY CLOSE FRIENDS. I WILL INCLUDE THIS IN W/ MY GOWN. WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK FOR THIS BABIES

Carlin Kammerer wrote:

You made my day! I would be honored to make burial gowns in memory of those brave firefighters! Thank you for your donation. It means so much to the parents. Thanks again!

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Kim D. wrote:

Dear Carlin, I have to tell you that when I stumbled across your website when looking for ideas on what to do with my wedding dresses it brought such a feeling of joy to my heart that a charity like this exists. I knew there was a reason that I was holding on to my dresses but I just didn’t know why until I found your website. I was married at the young age of 19 and unfortunately the marriage only lasted two years. I had my wedding dress heir loomed and had thought about getting rid of it in a yard sale or on eBay but knew there must be something better I could do with it. I’ve offered it to many friends who were getting married but either they were not as small as I am or they wanted their own dress. Ten years later I got married for the second time and during my search for the perfect dress I bought one at a bridal shop with a no return policy. As luck would have it within a couple of months of purchasing this dress I found the dress of my dreams online and had it shipped to me from Virginia. The original dress I bought for this wedding still hangs in my closet in a garment bag with the tags still attached. Again I thought of selling it on eBay but procrastinated with that. As I was putting clothes away in my closet this weekend and had to push the bulky garment bag aside yet again, I went online searching for ways to donate wedding dresses and clicked on the link to your website and was overwhelmed with emotion. You see, I had to bury my first child back in 1996 because he was born too early. He was a little boy we named Christian Joseph and it was a horribly difficult time for us. It was so hard trying to make all the arrangements that we never expected to make because we thought we’d be planning a nursery and the torture of having to decide what your child will be buried in instead of picking out the outfit they will go home in is heartbreaking. We buried my son in a blanket that his grandmother had made for him. To think that I could make such a traumatic experience any easier on someone eases my own pain in a way. It helps me to believe that things do happen for a reason and that there is a purpose for everything. I would absolutely love donating my wedding dresses to your charity. I am so blessed to have an eight year old son now and we are anxious to pack up my dresses and send them to such wonderful caring true life angels. Can you send me information on how you prefer the dresses to be packaged and what form of shipment method you prefer and where to send them to? Thank you so much!!!!!!!!! Sent with love, Kim

Carlin Kammerer wrote:

Thanks so much. I am sorry for your loss. You can send it to Mary Madeline Project, PO Box 6207, Omaha Nebraska 68106. Regular post office delivery is cheaper. I don’t have a perference for the box, whatever they will fit in is good. Did you know about the memory tags? We put memory tags in all the little burial outfits. If you would like, we can make all the gowns from your dress in your little boy’s name. Just put something in the box to let us know. Thanks so much. You know from personal experience what it is like to go to a newborn department of a store to find something to bury your baby in.

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Hi! I just read about your group and want to donate my wedding dress. Please let me know how I can get the dress to you. Aloha, Edwina G. Honolulu, HI

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I lost a baby girl 17 1/2 years ago and back then – things like this were not done – I strongly believe in the chance to say goodbye with dignity and what your programs does for a parent is ~ amazing. Please let me know how I can have a dress made for my grandchild and donate the remainder of my gown to benefit other babies.

Thank you! Roseanne

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I read an article about your wonderful program last week in our local newspaper, and would like to offer you two wedding dresses. My Mother’s dress has been packed away ever since she and my Father married over 50 years ago. She passed away several years ago, and I’ve been keeping it wondering what to do. My two piece wedding dress from my wedding some 13 years ago has developed some spots, but otherwise, the silk is in good condition. Up to last year, I wore the top of my dress with another skirt each year on our wedding anniversary. The spots could not be taken out, and I did not know what to do with it. Your article was heartwarming, and was to me a perfect way to extend the usefulness of our dresses. They gave us both great pleasure on our wedding day, and to know they will be put to good use makes me feel wonderful.

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Having lost a baby at my 6th month, I would like to find out how to donate my wedding gown. This happened 30 years ago and I still get teary when thinking about it. Thank you for the work that you do. Marie B.

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— Clair H. wrote:

Dear Ladies, I have just read a wonderful article in the Mobile paper about you. I want to spread the word here in Mobile, and will also tell someone to do the same in Austin Texas, and in Knoxville Tennessee. What wonderful work

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i saw an article in my nj paper about your organization. i am not interested in material things so when i read about your group i couldn’t think of a better place to donate my gown that is just taking up space in a closet. my son was stillborn in my 21st week of pregnancy so i felt this would be a loving tribute to my matthew. when my 2 1/2 year old twin girls are older i will let them know that the wedding dress i wore when i was just 2 weeks pregnant with their brother was given to help other babies.you are doing a wonderful service! please let me know how i go about getting my dress to you, address etc. eileen

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Hello, My name is Denise H. and I live in Michigan. I read about The Mary Madeline project in this mornings newspaper. I have a wedding dress that I would like to donate. I was married a few years ago and spent $1000 on my dress. It is beautiful and I would love to donate it for this cause. I have an 11 1/2 month old son and I can’t imagine the incredible pain that these parents must go through. Please let me know where to send the dress. God Bless you and the work you do.

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This morning there was an article in our local newspaper about donating wedding gowns. I always thought it a good idea but as many. never got around to it. I have been married 30 years and my gown is preserved in a box. The reason for my contacting you is two – fold. My name is Madeline and I too lost a child although it was a miscarriage. The pain of losing that baby has been with me forever and I was never able to conceive another. I would like to send my gown to bring something beautiful for an angel that God calls to Heaven . Perhaps in a small way it can help someone. Can you give me some information? Thank you, Madeline L.

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I was going to alter and sell them, but being an ER nurse, I have seen how the death of a child can devastate the heart and spirit. I’d much rather give them to someone with a higher purpose, like you. ….. Sincerely, Lisa A.

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I am the only daughter, sister, granddaughter, great-grandaughter and niece in my family. My grandmother purchased my gown for me, so it is very special to me. I have stored it in my closet for 20 years knowing it would not go anywhere and I would not have a daughter who would want to wear it. I heard about this project on the news and the light bulb came on within my heart.

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Hi, This past spring when I was pregnant with my second child, I read an article in our local newspaper about the Mary Madeline Project. I was so touched by the work that you do that I decided I had to donate my wedding gown. Fortunately I have been blessed to have two healthy boys. But to lose a child must be the worst tragedy a parent could ever have to deal with, I can only imagine the pain. If my gown could help to ease just a little of that pain, then donating it to such a worthy cause would be well worth it. For once in my life being plus-sized is a good thing! hehe! Please let me know where I can send it and I’ll get it out as soon as possible. Thank you.

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After reading about the Mary Madeline project I finally have found exactly what I am looking for. I have a tea length wedding dress that has been professionally preserved for about 14 years that I would love to donate to this wonderful organization. Please e-mail me with the info, and if you are not in need for it right away I’d like to send it after the new year. I am sure that you must get alot of thanks, but I want to say it “THANK-YOU” for spending your time and effort on comforting these families in need, it is truly the work of ANGELS! Happy holidays, Alicia C.

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Hello I read a newspaper artical about your organization & was very touched. I am lucky to be a mother of 2 grown children. I did loose one child years ago & will never forget the anguish. I would like to send dresses & materials to be used for burial garments. Please email me with exceptable criteria. I could also use information on crocheted items. ….. God Bless Mylene K.

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Hi Carlin, I am touching base with you once more to apologize for me calling so late lastnight. I got so excited when i found you that i just had to call. :) …… Thank you so much and you will be blessed! Sincerely and through Christs love, Kelsey S.

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Hi Charlin, My friend, Sonya, said she dropped off my wedding dress to you (in November) and saw some of the beautiful things you are making with them for the little ones. What a great gift you give.

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Our daughter recently gave birth to our first grandchild. A beautiful baby girl. It was necessary for the baby to spend four days in the Neo-natal Intensive Care unit. Such a sad sight. We are happy to say that mother and baby are now in thier home and doing fine. I recently read an article about your project in our local “Trenton Times” (New Jersey) newspaper. My husband and I would like to donate my wedding gown to the Mary Madeline Project. We have been married 36 years.

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— lizzie p wrote:

Hi, my name is Lori. I saw a news clip about you the other night on TV. I work at ________ Hospital …… in the Labor and Delivery Department….. That means I help the OB doctors with c-sections. Unfortunately, some of these c-sections are done for high risk reasons and the babies or moms are in jeopardy. Some of the babies we see delivered do not live long on this earth and I sometimes am one of the first and few peoples ever to see them. I sort of love this part of my job, because I get to see these angels and pass along a little prayer on their behalf. A few weeks ago, someone was telling me about a group in Omaha, that makes gowns for these babies out of old wedding dresses and donates them. We also have a lady that makes little gowns from other sources. I would like to become involved is this and wanted to know if you could use another seamstress? I do have my wedding dress, I would like to make a christening gown for my future grandbabies, but would be more than willing to make another one or two baby gowns out of my dress. If you could please contact me at: …… I would love to hear from you on this. Thanks Lori

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Dear Friends, I saw the story on 10/11 news last night about your project. I was wondering if you could do anything to help me. My brother and his wife are expecting twins (their first babies) in November, one boy and one girl. Tragically, the boy has birth defects which will cause him to die shortly after birth. My brother and his wife have be trying for 7+ years to have a baby. Do you provide outfits for babies born out of state? My brother lives in Cleveland, Ohio. The outfits looked so beautiful on tv that I was compelled to write. Thank you for developing a project such as this. Losing a baby is crushing and your kindness is wonderful. Thank you in advance for your reply. Sherrie B.

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