Sunday, December 11, 2011

Donate Your Wedding Dress for a Cause

Donate Your Wedding Dress for a Cause

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Your old wedding dress could make dreams come true for earthquake victims in Haiti, underprivileged kids in New York City, military brides-to-be and more. Photo: Flickr/epSos.de
For many brides, one of the most important parts of wedding planning is choosing that perfect dress. But it can be tough to know what to do with your gown after the big day has come and gone. If you’re stumped for a reuse idea for your wedding dress, why not try recycling it for a cause?
DonateMyWeddingDress.org provides a list of nonprofits that accept wedding dress donations and use the profits to benefit those in need. The dress that meant so much to you can soon mean a world of difference for earthquake victims in Haiti, military brides-to-be, breast cancer patients and more.
So, how does it work? First, choose from five nonprofits to donate your wedding dress. Brides for Haiti consigns used wedding dresses to benefit missionary work in Haiti. Brides Across America donates wedding dresses to military brides, while St. Anthony’s Bridal provides free dresses to low-income brides. To help make dreams come true for underprivileged kids and terminal breast cancer patients, choose Bridal Garden or Brides Against Breast Cancer.
Drop-off locations for wedding dress charities are set up in Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon, or simply take your dress to one of the hundreds of Goodwill locations across the country. If you can’t personally drop off your dress, send it by mail to the charity of your choice.
Before you mail or deliver your gown, charities request that you take it to the dry cleaners or clean it yourself at home. If your gown isn’t silk or taffeta, you can probably wash it in your home washing machine, but check the care instructions to be sure. And avoid putting your dress in the dryer. Hang it to dry instead.
Note that some charities only accept gowns that are less than six years old and in good condition. Check the Website of the charity you chose to see if there is an age requirement and for all procedures to follow to make your donation.
If you’re shipping your dress, send it in the smallest box possible to decrease shipping costs and emissions and to ease the charity’s burden in disposing of large boxes.

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