MEET THE AMBASSADORS!
Every time Angel Gowns delivers their beautiful baby gowns to a hospital we become an Ambassador for the group. It is truly an honor to be the ones presenting a special gift where it is needed the most.
Last month we were honored to have Marlene and Nancy deliver quite a few gowns to Torrance Memorial Hospital. It was a nice adventure for them to go and actually see where the gowns are needed and who takes charge of them. A lovely nurse named Beatriz met them and was totally thrilled with the gowns. It is hard for those receiving them to believe they are a gift, free of charge, made by volunteers who give from their hearts. There is always the first moment where you can see they think they are going to be asked to BUY them. And then the disbelief when they realize that the gowns are a gift from the community, no strings, and except for a sticker saying, “Angel Gowns of South Bay”, they are not given any contact information and no thanks is expected. And that, my friends, is THE moment when they “get it”, and the Ambassadors “get it”- the amazing thought and love and care that has gone into these gowns, the little gifts for the parents, the small way of reaching out to grieving parents. THAT is quite a moment!
And so, I would like to thank Marlene and Nancy for being our Ambassadors, and, getting to have that “Ah-Ha!” moment that lifts you to a different level of understanding and appreciation for what all of us have been working towards.
Marlene has been working with Angel Gowns since the beginning. She has volunteered to work on projects that are challenging and stretch all of our knowledge to do. She is there, faithfully, every month, for our community “sew’ and comes to additional training and helping in between. And she assists in inspecting the gowns and the packaging to make sure that it is perfect in every was.
Nancy creates the gifts that are included for the parents and works with the packaging of each gown. Packaging is very specific and time-consuming. Each gown is carefully inspected for all the finishing touches, then filled with a soft blue tissue, and carefully folded to fit into the cellophane bag, A small packet with the gifts for the parents is included with an enclosure card telling the parents that we grieve with them. The bag is then sealed, and a special sticker is placed discretely on the front of the bag with the Angel Gowns of South Bay logo on it and sealed. It is then sorted by size and gender and placed in a crate awaiting delivery.
We are all Ambassadors, but these lovely ladies had the honor of delivering the latest packets of gowns.