Littlest Angels


John Bavaro and Rose Ann Milbert

The ELPC Sewing and Knitting Groups are partnering with a very special program that takes donated bridal gowns and repurposes them into lovely “angel gowns”—small dresses that are provided to families of infants who died in the hospital. They can then be used by a family to dress their baby for burial or kept as a keepsake to honor their child’s brief life. Each gown has its own personality; some are covered in lace while others are trimmed with buttons or a hint of color. Gowns are available in four sizes for baby boys and girls.

The Littlest Angels program is coordinated by Rose Ann Milbert, a registered nurse who works in the neonatal unit of Magee-Women’s Hospital. Rose Ann is a gifted seamstress, who has enlisted the help of friends in the community to prepare these special “angel gowns.”

To get involved at ELPC, email John Bavaro at

To learn more about this special ministry, visit the Littlest Angels, LLC Facebook page or read a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on Rose Ann’s work (July 27, 2014 – “Stylebook Snapshot: Bridal Gowns repurposed into dresses for baby ‘angels’”).