A not-for-profit group who sew beautiful, handmade gowns for stillborn babies are receiving abuse and threats from previous donors.

Sarah McVeigh, began Angel Gowns after she had 3 premmie babies and suffered miscarriages. Sarah said after having her son at 27 weeks and enduring the long hard road in NICU, she saw how this service was needed and after seeing a beautiful advertisement about a lovely group of ladies in the USA she contacted Michelle and asked her if she didn’t mind Sarah continuing their beautiful work here in Australia.

Hundreds of beautiful women all over Australia have donated their stunning wedding dresses to be transformed into Angel Gowns.

On average, a single wedding dress can make between 12 and 30 Angel Gowns for Angel Babies in Australian Hospitals.

Today Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc.  have shared their disappointment at being attacked by people who have donated gowns and are now hounding them to see the finished products.

The post reads, “I am quite saddened reading all the abuse and threats from particular donators :(

So disheartened that I have had a few ladies quite upset and resign from helping us due to the abuse from certain ladies who are threatening them as their donations haven’t been transformed yet. We are all volunteers!!!!


You donated to a charity who transforms your gown into many angel gowns for families around Australia going through the hardest time in their lives…..it should be enough to know that you have done a good thing!

When you donate to an op shop to you follow it up? We kindly give you the option of seeing what happens to your donation via photos here on our page and a thank you letter. I am not aware of any other charity that does this service?

As you can understand this extra work takes time out of our angel gown transformations. And yes it can take 3-4 years to get to your donation….. We are at the end of the 2014 donations….we all do this in our own time, with no payment at all.

Our families miss out on time with us due to the amount of work we do, but we know we are helping families who wouldn’t normally have this service available.

I will be returning any donations that have been given to us by any trouble makers.

Thank you to those beautiful understanding donators that wait patiently to receive notification that their donations are transformed.”

As Angel Gowns told MoM, “Some ladies don’t understand that we were receiving 100+ dresses every week and it’s not possible to transform them all immediately.

Each single dress can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months depending on the size of it and our volunteers schedules.  Most of us work a day job as well as having families to take care of.”

This is disgusting behaviour!

As one comment on the post reads, “It is lovely to receive notification, but really, I agree with you, do we really need public pats on the back for our good deed? Those should go to all you amazing folk who can design and sew and organize, surely.”

Another wrote, “What is wrong with people? Why do people need some sort of validation to know that they have done a good thing? I can’t even remember when I donated my dress but I know that I did and that one day a little piece of it may ease someone’s heartbreak. Keep up the wonderful job that you do and please try and ignore the few horrible people out there.”

– “What selfish disgusting behaviour these people are displaying…these volunteers are doing something out of the kindness of there hearts to help families who have lost young babies…why do you need public gradiute from donating a dress!!”

– “Why do a good deed ,only to become selfish and self centered about the process and possibly not receiving the recognition you for whatever reason believe you publicly deserve. How childish and rude! !!!”

Due to such popular demand they put a stop on receiving anymore dresses earlier this year.

Why give to a charity if you expect constant feedback from them and a pat on the back?

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  • How terrible that this has happened. Once you have given away something no matter how precious it was to you, then you have no further say in it. You don’t HAVE to give your wedding dress away, but what else are you going to do with it? If you decide to do something worthwhile, then that is that and nothing further needs to be done. These volunteers don’t deserve the harassment they have received.


  • What a dreadful thing to have to read such comments when they are doing such a wonderful thing. At most I would want advice that my dress was received and that it will be used to make these Angel Gowns at some stage. Thank you to all of the volunteers who make the wedding gowns into something special. Please keep doing this and, I agree, send them back to the people who complain.


  • How dreadful, what is wrong with some people!! Keep up the good work ladies, what a beautiful thing to do for families in pain.


  • i feel more sorry for the people/families that receive the gowns vs the people “donating” them.


  • What a lovely thing this charity is doing. And well done to those that kindly donated their pre-loved wedding gowns. But shame on those that have donated and are hounding and abusing the charity wanting to see the final results now. Have patience, be proud of yourself for your act of kindness, don’t ruin anything by harshness or disrespect. Respect and honor those offering this lovely service and think of the families that have suffered much sadness by loosing their little ones. Thank you to the charity and RIP little angels.


  • I cant believe people are hounding this charity. They do what they can in their spare time and put so much blood, sweat and tears into every piece made in hopes that it can brighten someone elses world who is going through the worst thing anyone could possibly go through.


  • It is hard to understand the selfishness of the donors versus the generosity of the charity.


  • wow isn’t it enough to feel good knowing that you have donated to such a beautiful cause for grieving parents??

    Why do you need to have public recognition? If you wanted public recognition for your lovely donation maybe you could channel all that need/greed/anger etc into starting and running your own charity!


  • To receive such critics must be like a slap in the face ! How selfish are some people. This charity does a wonderful job and deserves praise for what they’re doing voluntary !


  • I can’t believe some people.
    These poor ladies do a fantastic job for such a wonderful cause.


  • If they aren’t happy with how long its taking, perhaps they could volunteer their time and help make them? Would be a lot more productive and positive than bitching about such an incredible charity.


  • This makes me so sad. These beautiful people help so many families in their darkest hours by bringing a little bit of comfort. I had a miscarriage a year ago and they were so lovely and sent me a angel pin and verse to remember my baby. To have people Be rude and expect praise for doing a good deed is ridiculous. You do a good deed out of the kindness of your heart- not to get recognition.


  • It seems some might think that the dresses are not being used for the right purpose.


  • people can be so rude and horrible. This charity helps so many in their darkest times


  • Hmm there shouldn’t be a need to receive public praise for doing somebody else a kind turn.


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