Omaha woman loans wedding dress to a dozen other brides

Posted at 5:10 PM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 15:34:51-04

An Omaha woman is gaining national attention now that her wedding dress is slated to be worn by a dozen different brides.

Dawnetta Heinz made a post on Facebook a few weeks ago. She would give her $1200 wedding dress to a bride in need.

The post blew up.

"It's mind-blowing," Heinz said. "There's just no words to be said."

About a dozen brides have signed up to borrow the dress, then send it to the next bride in line.

"We're getting it dry-cleaned after every use," Heinz said. "Hopefully it lasts for awhile."

Valarie Fitzgerald got married in the dress this past weekend.

"We were going to just go through with a courthouse wedding because there was no way that we could afford a dress," Fitzgerald said. "But when she sent the dress to me, one of my really good friends planned a whole wedding for me. And it was amazing.

There's more to this story. Dawnetta and Jared Heinz are living a true rags to riches tale.

"We had no money to our name," she said.

The pair was homeless just a few years ago. After hard work building a fitness business, today they're sitting in the living room of their new house.

Dawnetta also says other brides have contacted her about donated their dresses.

Because they know the struggle, they understand how appreciative others are of small gestures.

"i know what its like and she knows what its like and sorry if i get emotional just help someone even if its just in the slightest way," Jared Heinz said.