This article was published as part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who give back in their communities.
Jessica Kidd is the Founder and President of Gracie's Gowns, Inc. Read the full interview below to learn what inspires Jessica to give.
Q1: How do you give back?
The organization I founded makes personalized hospital gowns for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses across the globe.
Q2: What inspired you to start giving?
When my youngest daughter was admitted to the hospital for monitoring after a fall, the hospital did not have any gowns in her size. This is something I had seen for many years in working in healthcare and I wanted to fulfill the need for gowns that were fun, colorful, and appropriately sized for children.
Q3: What does giving mean to you? Why do you continue to give your time, talents, money, or more to your community?
Giving back means sharing hope with others in their darkest times. I continue to give in this capacity despite the long hours, constant struggle to find funding, and the heartbreaking nature of complex medical needs because these children deserve a piece of comfort--something that is often the last thing a hospital setting tends to offer.
Q4: What would you tell others (women and men) who are looking to start giving back? Share a piece of advice will help them get started.
The piece of advice that I would give to others looking to start volunteering or giving back is find a cause you're passionate about, see what your talents/expertise is in, and then match the two together. Keep it simple and keep it fun.
Q5: Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.
My favorite memories are the ones when we have been able to deliver hospital gowns in person to families. The funniest stories, the best conversations, and even some of the greatest surprises have occurred during these moments.