It is day eight of the 40 bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge. One of the best parts of hosting this challenge has been all of the excitement surrounding it. My office is right next to Goodwill in Guilford. The staff there pulled me aside to tell me that people have been enthusiastically talking about the challenge when they drop off their donations. I am so happy to hear the word keeps spreading and the donations keep coming in to help others.
Today I wanted to spread the word about another wonderful cause. Do you have an old wedding dress in your home that you are ready to let go? Donate it to the Cradling Threads Project (www.facebook.com/cradlingthreadsproject.)
Kath O’Reilly created this organization when she heard young infants who passed too soon were being sent to funeral homes unclothed in Ziploc type bags. Her heart saw a need and took action. Cradling Threads takes old wedding dresses and makes them into beautiful burial garments for grieving families throughout New England.
Kath sews from 3 am – 5am each morning before work to keep up with the demand and produces around twenty garments for each wedding gown she receives. Recent increases in opiod addiction issues have grown the need for these garments. She barely scratches the surface with all of her hard work.
On March 30th, 2019 she is holding a workshop at 9:00 am at 152 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT at the Columbia Club (formerly the Knights of Columbus), to teach others to make these garments. No sewing experience is needed. They will be making buntings and gowns in four sizes (Micro 1-1/2 – newborn of 8lbs).
Currently, Big Deals Consignment shop in Cromwell accepts wedding gown donations for her. However, we will gladly accept any donations locally at Guilford Haircuts, 725 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT (my husband and I own that as well) and get them to Kath.
Nothing makes me happier than to give something I no longer need to a great cause. Let’s spread the word and get Cradling Threads Project more wedding dresses.