CHAMPION TWP. Gwendolyn Stulgis by no means imagined when she provided to offer her $3,000 wedding gown to a bride-to-be in want that she can be beginning a motion.
However that is precisely what occurred.
About two months after the Northeast Ohio girl posted on Fb asking brides to share their tales about why they deserve the wedding gown, she has been contacted by lots of of girls seeking to do the identical. She created a Fb group that has amassed greater than 13,000 members, enabling ladies from throughout the nation to assist one discover one other wedding apparel.
“I did not notice on the time that it was going to show into one thing so giant. The necessity, the need is there. So it is fairly thrilling,” Stulgis stated.
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Stulgis, who hails from Champion Township in Trumbull County, bought married in Could. She did not need her wedding gown to sit down in a field or the again of a closet, so she determined to supply it to any girl getting married within the subsequent six months who couldn’t afford her dream gown. Her solely situation was that the lady who acquired the gown then have it dry-cleaned and go it on to a different girl in want.
Her objective was to see her gown be utilized by completely different ladies till it fell aside.
Stulgis acquired greater than 70 submissions. She ended up giving her robe to a girl from Portage County. She acquired Fb messages from a number of ladies who wished to donate their attire, too.
“So that is what made me suppose why am I simply making a gift of my gown? Let’s assist some extra,” she stated.
Stulgis created a Fb group referred to as “Shared Dream Attire” the place members can donate their wedding attire, footwear, bridesmaid attire, rehearsal dinner robes and different wedding-related objects to others in want. The group has grown quickly over the previous few months as Stulgis’s story was picked up by a number of nationwide publications and media shops, together with The Washington Put up and Nationwide Public Radio.
1000’s of girls have joined. They publish photos of their attire to the group, together with dimension data and different particulars. brides will depart feedback on the publish after which the lady donating the gown will choose a recipient and make preparations to get it to them.
A couple of ladies who do not use Fb or aren’t comfy posting themselves will get their attire to Stulgis in order that she will be able to publish them. She lately was contacted by a boutique in Pittsburgh that’s shutting down. The boutique has provided to donate about 40 wedding attire and 10 flower woman attire to the motion.
Stulgis has added a couple of moderators to assist her sustain with the group, however she stated it is nonetheless onerous to maintain observe of all the things.
“Every single day I am nonetheless in shock,” she stated. “Every single day, I am impressed by folks’s tales, by the generosity.”
Working the group has allowed Stulgis to make new pals and meet ladies from throughout the nation.
One girl who’s seeking to assist the motion is Krissa Lopez, who lives close to Houston, Texas. She heard about Shared Dream Attire from her mom, who learn one of many articles written in regards to the group. Lopez felt it was great to donate unneeded wedding attire to ladies who can not afford them.
“I feel it is an excellent factor to do as a result of there’s so many individuals that dream of actually a Cinderella wedding and wish one thing particular for his or her wedding and haven’t got the cash to get it,” she stated.
Lopez’s daughters have an outdated bridesmaid and wedding gown they not want. She plans to offer them away within the Fb group.
Stulgis stated the group is about ladies empowering each other.
“We’re all simply making an attempt to assist one another,” she stated. “You donate, share a gown with them and make them really feel lovely and allow them to know their lovely. And it is a great factor.”
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