Finding the perfect wedding dress is something many brides dream about, and Dawnetta Heinz is making that dream come true for 12 brides.
Heinz is a personal trainer in Omaha, Nebraska, and she just celebrated her first wedding anniversary when she started thinking about her dress and what she was going to do with it. As Heinz was packing to move into a new house, she decided she wanted to use her wedding dress as a way to give back.
Heinz went on Facebook and posted the gown from David’s Bridal on a buy/sell/trade group, offering it to a bride who couldn’t afford to buy a new wedding dress. Heinz told Yahoo Style, “If we can help somebody else feel good on their special day, I would love to do that.”
Instead of just helping one person, Heinz ended up helping 12! After a dozen women responded to her Facebook post, the overwhelming response made Heinz want to help them all. “I had so many people messaging me telling me their story, how they couldn’t afford it, how they’d have to go to Goodwill. Then I just commented on the post, ‘What would you guys think if we just passed the dress on to the next person?’”
“We were homeless,” Heinz said of her past. “We sold shakes and were barely getting by, living out of our car.”Now that Heinz is more financially stable, she is doing what she can to help others. The dress, which retails for $1,200, will now be worn at many different weddings in the next year.
One of the future brides, Arianna Po, called the dress, “the sisterhood of the traveling dress.” “When I tried the dress on for the first time, there was no altering, there was no nothing. It fit like a glove,” Pro told Yahoo Style. Heinz hopes the dress can continue to circulate, as long as it can withstand wear and dry-cleaning.
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[Featured Image Credit: Facebook- Dawnetta Heinz, and Arianna Po via InsideEdition]