Amber White was sitting at home and staring at the wedding dress hanging in her closet. She hadn’t worn it in seven years since the day that she married her husband. Then it hit her. She knew exactly what she had to do.
Amber immediately felt called to give her dress away, but not to just anyone. In a Facebook post which has since gone viral, she offered the beautiful white gown to another bride who had her wedding plans dashed by the recent hurricanes.
“Okay, so this may be a little crazy, but … I’m sitting here staring at my wedding dress hanging in my closet and I can’t help but to think of all of the brides affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma,” Amber wrote on Facebook. “My dress has been hanging in my closet for 7 years and I honestly don’t see myself doing anything with it. There have to be so many brides who have had their dresses ruined from these devastating hurricanes,” she added.
“Soooo… I want to give my dress away! If you are a bride or know a bride affected by the hurricanes, have them contact me! My only stipulation is after you wear it, you have to pass it to another bride that was affected as well! Kind of like the sisterhood of the traveling wedding dress!” Amber continued. “I know the dress is not the most elegant or extravagant, but it was perfect for my perfect day and it was prayed over passionately and worn on a day filled with so much love. I would love to share my dress with another woman on her special day,” she concluded.
Amber’s heartfelt gesture was shared by the Love What Matters Facebook page, where it went viral overnight, inspiring other women to donate their wedding dresses to hurricane victims as well. “I will do the same following my wedding on Friday!!” commented Facebook user Chelsea Ranton. “Not even kidding. You’re beautiful!” she wrote to Amber, adding, “I’ve already paid for the dry cleaning and preservation of my gown (after I’ve worn it) so it will be sent in a box, in perfect condition. Please please reach out if anyone knows someone affected who needs a beautiful dress.”
For most women, their wedding dress is the most sentimental — and expensive — piece of clothing that they will ever wear, which is why they typically keep the garment forever, even though many of these extravagant dresses take up a great deal of space. To give your wedding dress to a complete stranger is a gesture of great proportion and deep sentiment.
While this hurricane season has brought destruction and tragedy the likes of which we have never seen, it has also brought out the best in many people who have risen to the occasion to help their neighbor. Amber White and Chelsea Ranton are just two examples. There is evil in this world, but make no mistake, it will always be matched by the inherent kindness of the human spirit granted by God’s grace.