Gowns for Mission

Gowns for Mission accepts donated wedding dresses from brides who do not wish to keep their wedding gowns. These donated pieces provide affordable options for new brides in the city and also support an important cause. The proceeds from each gown purchased support the important work of all our charity partners.

Founded in 2016, Gowns for Missions was started by Rufina Dovell. Rufina was inspired by Toronto’s The Bride Project, and wanted to bring a similar organization to Kingston. Rufina has a close personal connection to the Canadian Diabetes Association, rooted in her own story of personal loss, having seen family members suffer with diabetes throughout her life. It was a natural fit for Rufina’s gown project to help support diabetes research and care for those in need. “The cause is extremely important to me” says Rufina, “The proceeds from each gown purchase goes toward supporting all of our charitable partners”.

Rufina’s intention is also to support other Christian outreach organizations locally and abroad.  An example is Medical Ministry International which provides medical, surgical and dental care to the poor in developing countries.  Donating her talents to the mission fields is near and dear to Rufina’s heart.

You can help support this amazing program by either donating your gently used wedding gown, or purchasing your wedding gown from the collection of generously donated dresses.

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