President & CEO
My name is Julia Calamia,
I am 13 years old and I live
in Freehold, New Jersey.
I am in 68thh grade, I enjoy playing softball, and have been a Girl Scout for 9 years.
I met Giuliana when we were 3 years old at dance class
G introduced me to sewing and I really enjoyed it! I asked for my own sewing machine for
Christmas. I am so inspired by G's Giving
gowns and I am excited to help sew gowns for kids to make them feel happy and loved during the difficult time they are going through.
My name is Mahi Shah. I’m 13 years old and in the 8th Grade. I live in Freehold, New Jersey. I’ve known Giuliana since 1st grade when I joined Girl Scouts. Giuliana taught me how to sew and I really enjoyed helping her make gowns. In my free time I enjoy playing sports, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Elizabeth was inspired after hearing about Giuliana’s young cousin who had cancer and about Giuliana’s cause. Elizabeth learned how to sew during the pandemic from her mom and older sister Victoria. Using the family sewing machine she has created several projects including cloth masks for the pandemic. Her mom Michele is currently battling a rare form of kidney cancer. Elizabeth would love to give back to her community and the doctors who have helped her mom, but most especially to the youngest of patients that her mom has seen on her visits to Sloan. She’d like to do so by creating custom hospital gowns like Giuliana’s. The youngest patients have been the most inspiring to both Elizabeth and her family.
Hi my name is Kate I'm 13 years old and in the 8th grade. In my free time
enjoy dancing, especially ballet. I also like reading, sewing, and spending time
with family and friends.
My name is Audrina and I am 10 years old. I am Giuliana's little sister and she taught me how to sew. I love animals, squash, dance and playing piano. I enjoy sewing hospital gowns so I can help make kids happy who are sick.
A local sewist in New Jersey who has volunteered her time to helping Gs Giving Gowns.
Here is Sarah’s story :
My mom taught me to sew when I was in 7th grade about. I started making quilts for my friends recently now that they are having babies. I have moved on to doll clothing and now hospital gowns for kids. I love giving gifts to people, sewing or baking for them. I’m a pasty chef living in Santa Cruz CA.
Thank you so much Sarah for spreading light all the way from California.
Hi my name is Janet Leona. I used to be a research scientist before children working at Sloan Kettering and Hoffman La Roche. Once having my two children I became an elementary school teacher. I taught at PS 4 in Arden Heights. When I retired, I started to quilt and scrapbook. I enjoy traveling, photography, paper-crafting, shelling and quilting. I am a snowbird spending part of my time with my husband in Boca Raton, Florida. Happy to be helping your cause in any way I can. Janet
REKHA TAILOR & DAN
Rekha and her husband Dan heard about GsGivingGowns and volunteered to sew! i sent them a pattern and they started right away. They live in Nutley New Jersey!
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My dear Mom taught me the gift of sewing, and giving, when I was a preteen. I can remember as a child standing at her elbow while the quiet humm of the machine would create dresses for us and herself if she had time. Mom also made many of the Priests vestments and Altar cloth. During the height of the Pandemic I made over 700 face masks and donated them to teen shelters here in Jersey, Phoenix and San Diego where my daughters live. Sharing the skill comes easy, I had a great mentor. When I read the article about G’s Guving Gowns I just knew I wanted to help. Thank you for giving me that chance.
I am a retired NYC school counselor/social worker, now living in Chicago. I learned how to sew from my mother when I was a teenager. One summer in high school, I went with my mom to work in her factory-workplace...and told myself I would not work as a seamstress because of the tediousness of the work. (My mom advanced herself in the profession and retired as a pattern maker.)
Meanwhile, I continued to sew my own clothes and later, for my children. When I was a SAH mom, friends and neighbors learned of my skills and brought their clothes to me for alteration. That's how I ended up sewing as a side job even though I had vowed not to. Interestingly enough, I enjoyed it and learned a lot from the many challenges my customers brought me, including altering several wedding gowns. I counted it a blessing to be able to make three wedding gowns from scratch, first my own, then for my two daughters. When I heard about G's Giving Gowns, I was delighted to contribute to such a meaningful project.