11-year-old Giuliana Demma of Freehold, New Jersey, started making hospital gowns when her 10-month-old cousin was diagnosed with cancer. She noticed that all the children in the hospital were wearing not so uplifting gowns. Demma understands that some of the children would be spending most of their time in the hospital, so she decided to cheer them up with new beautiful hospital gowns.
“I was thinking that maybe I could sew gowns for kids like her that have cancer,” Demma told CBS News.
Demma picked up sewing about two years ago and hasn’t put the sewing machine away. She loves making beautiful gowns for other children and calls her operation G’s Giving Gowns. Demma told CBS News that she sews for two to three hours a day after school “because I feel like this is way more important than other things that I could potentially do.”
Demma has donated about 170 gowns to children across the country, where they can pick any design that they like the most. Some of the design requests that she gets are for Disney characters, sports team logos, koalas, and Harry Potter.
Demma now has donors who help pay for the materials she uses because they love what she’s doing to help cheer up children battling something so challenging. Demma’s passion has also inspired her friends to help with her G’s Giving Gowns operation for the children in the hospital.
“She’s really a great teacher,” one friend learning to sew said. Another added, “It’s so cool doing this to help little kids.”
“It just makes me know that all my hard work making the gowns pays off,” Demma said.
Giuliana Demma, far right, and her friends