Wee Care

The Dogwood Chapter is honored to participate in SAGA's ongoing service project, Wee Care Gowns. Members sew and smock simple bishop-style gowns and bonnets to donate to Neonatal ICUs (often the naval hospital at Camp Lejeune) to clothe babies who die at birth or shortly thereafter. The Dogwood Chapter also donates gowns to Novant Hospital in Huntersville, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville, Iredell Memorial in Statesville as well as the Be Not Afraid ministry.

These gown are lovingly made, and provide comfort to families who are experiencing great sorrow. We are told that some parents use the gowns as burial gowns, while others keep the gowns as a keepsake - for some it will be the only garment ever worn by their child.


Dogwood guild members generally make two gowns per year and many make more than this. Gowns are collected all year long.  The guild provides fabric, patterns, instructions and support, though members can choose to provide their own fabric.  Many members have found that making Wee Care gowns has increased their smocking skills and built their confidence.  Gowns can be simple or more intricate, and are suitable for the beginner to the advanced smocker.  Completed Wee Care Gowns are given to Gail Benson, the coordinator of the Wee Care project. Contact us for more information.

Wee Care Pictures

 
The Dogwood Chapter of SAGA is growing and our Wee Care program is expanding! Our guild now makes gowns for Camp LeJeun Hospital in Fayetteville, Novant Hospital in Huntersville, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville, Iredell Memorial in Statesville as well as Be Not Afraid ministry.

Many Wee Care gowns have been lovingly stitched and donated by the members of the guild.  The generous giving of their time and talent is much appreciated by the families that receive these special gowns.  Some of the beautiful gowns that have been donated by members are shown below, the first gown being one that was specifically made for conjoined twin girls.