Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
I have been best friends with Sherri (Founder and President of the Emma and Evan Foundation) since we were 12 years old. We have always been there and supported each other, so naturally, when Sherri founded The Emma & Evan Foundation I was right there cheering her on.
My Amazing mom lost her battle with brain cancer after fighting for 5 years, as her caregiver I found myself not only grieving her loss but also felt a loss of having a purpose.
One day speaking with Sherri, she told me how she was feeling a little overwhelmed by the cost of shipping the dresses to the volunteer seamstresses and to the hospitals and storing all the dresses in waiting. I prayed about what I could do to help her, and later that night, I woke from a deep sleep and KNEW exactly what I needed to do to help her out.
I called Sherri the next day and told her what I knew I was supposed to do. I was to start renting out the wedding dresses to help with the financial costs of shipping as well as house hundreds of dresses while waiting for their turn to be transformed into the Angel Gowns.
After a few times speaking and praying with Sherri about the idea, she agreed it made sense. Since that decision, we started receiving more dresses from bridal shops throughout the U.S.
On many occasions, Sherri and I would discuss a need and within a week those needs would be met; whether it was long veils, large size dresses, or a certain style of dress. By the Grace of God, our needs were being met.
Sherri asked me what I was going to name my side of the non-profit, I responded saying It was truly AMAZING how we are just being blessed by everything we need, and that it is “by the GRACE of God” everything is coming together. I then said, “that’s it, Amazing Grace”!!!
It started with 23 dresses in my basement and has grown to a shop in Florence with over 800 wedding dresses to rent.
My beautiful daughter Meghan joined me a few months later and now handles our social media and operations. You will see Meghan at some dress appointments with a great eye for style and creative ideas.
I have found my purpose again………… I feel very blessed to be a part of a bride's journey helping her find her perfect dress and fulfilling her wedding dreams.