Wedding dresses are hard to let go. Carefully packed away, the sentimental value of the gown makes many reluctant to sell or donate it. But that is exactly what John Wright of Kansas City, Mo. is hoping for when he approaches sellers at garage sales.

While scouring garage sales for toys and other items he donates to people in need, Wright looks for wedding gowns for his wife, Diane, reports KSHB-41. At home, she carefully takes each gown apart and sews them into tiny "angel gowns" for miscarried and deceased newborns. 

“I’ve had a miscarriage and we’ve lost a child so I understand that grief,” Diane told KSHB. By donating these gowns to local hospitals, the Wrights are able to ease some of the grief of other couples who unexpectedly lose a child. 

Still growing emotional each time he looks at one of these tiny gowns, John added, “If you have faith in God and faith in helping other people, then that’s what we’re here for. I’m 81 years old. I don’t know how much time I have left, but I’d like for it to have meaning.”