Tallahassee Mom Makes Special Gifts for Kids

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

When a child is sick or hurt, there's nothing better than watching them nursed back to health.

One Tallahassee woman has made it her mission to give kids and adults a reason to smile, even if it's only for a little while.

Sarah Brown admits that she hasn't always been a seamstress.

"I'd never touched a sewing machine, my friend sold it to me for 50 dollars and gave me one class," said Tallahassee mother Sarah Brown.

The idea to sew began in the hospital. Brown was recovering from a mastectomy and relied heavily on pillows and drain bags. So she thought, wouldn't it be great to make those gifts for other women.

But she didn't stop there. Brown had a friend who's daughter wears a helmet because of severe epilepsy. So she started making bows for kids who have to wear protective head gear.

"Every little girl should feel like a princess and every boy would feel like a super hero whether they wear a helmet or not."


And best of all, Sarah Brown does it all for free. She pays for everything and asks for nothing in return. Her payment is obvious:

Mary Allen is that three year old girl with epilepsy. She's coming to Brown's house for a special treat.

"Being able to put a bow on any child's helmet or prosthetic is great, they just light up," said Mary's mother Jodie Allen.

Brown says she has no plans to sell her product--sometimes she makes up to five a week and the pillows are sewn with love and sealed with a special prayer.

"May you be healed body and soul, may your pain cease, may your strength increase. May your fears be released. May blessings, joy, and love surround you."

Mary requires the service of a seizure support dog that is being trained by ABS Service Dogs in Orlando. The cost of training is close to three thousand dollars, money the family doesn't have. The family will be traveling to ABS Service Dogs in Orlando October 30th-31st. They are hoping to raise enough money to bring the dog home to Tallahassee.

If you would like to contact Sarah or Mary, you can email Sarah at kcandsarah@hotmail.com

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  • by Sarah Location: Tallahassee on Oct 29, 2010 at 04:06 AM
    Hello Everyone! Thanks so much for your sweet comments. Mary and her family leave this evening for Orlando. Only $370 of the $2800 has been raised so far. Tomorrow at the Southwood Community Center there will be a trunk show with all proceeds benefitting Mary. I will be selling my Twirly Girly tutus and hair accessories and Lindsey Crowell will be selling Stella and Dot Jewelry. Please stop by and do some holiday shopping or make a donation to help this sweet girl. No donation is too small :)
  • by Sarah on Oct 28, 2010 at 10:24 AM
    The email is to help get Mary the seizure dog that she requires. Mary and her mother are both very special people, as well as Sarah of course. If you can help in any way please do. Every little bit helps. I know in this hard economic times it's difficult to have extra cash. But, even $1, $5, whatever you have will help this little angel get the help of the dog she so deserves. You can see in her eyes and smiles that she was a gift sent to us from above.
  • by tlh on Oct 28, 2010 at 09:20 AM
    I love God's heart shining through Sarah! And Mary is simply adorable. The paypal account listed below is to help her get a seizure dog, right? This si all new to me but so worthy a cause. Thanks Sarah for your generosity to those around you :-)
  • by Adrian Location: Tallahassee on Oct 28, 2010 at 07:52 AM
    This may be the BEST story I've seen on WCTV in a LONG time!!! Amazing person, we need more stories like these.
  • by me Location: tallahassee on Oct 28, 2010 at 04:31 AM
    That is so sweet. What a beautiful soul this woman has. I cried when I watched the video of her giving the little girl the bow for her helmet.
  • by Nancy Location: Tallahassee on Oct 27, 2010 at 08:07 PM
    This is one more example of what an amazing woman Sarah is! My children were blessed to be taught by her.
  • by Lizzy Location: Tallahassee on Oct 27, 2010 at 07:23 PM
    Sarah is one awesome mommy and a beautiful person! Beautiful work as well!
  • by Jodie Location: Tallahassee on Oct 27, 2010 at 07:13 PM
    Thank you all for the wonderful comments:) Sarah Brown is a truly wonderful person. In response to how to donate to the service dog for Mary there is a paypal account setup just for this purpose. You can go to www.paypal.com and the account to send to is maryallencharitabletrust@gmail.com. If you need to send a donation a different way you can email the same email address to set something up. Thank you all and expecially Sarah Brown for this wonderful act of kindness, Mary is my sweet little baby:)
  • by bll on Oct 27, 2010 at 05:31 PM
    so don't leave us hanging - how could someone contribute to the cost of the dog or the supplies for Sarah? Seems like a natural way to end this piece...
  • by Amy Location: Tallahassee on Oct 27, 2010 at 05:25 PM
    How can we help her???? I want to have a garage sale or something for her! What can we do???
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