Rachele Familia got some terrible news last Friday: Her wedding dress was gone.
Familia, a veteran, lives in California with her active-duty husband and their two children.
Her wedding dress had been in storage at her aunt and uncle’s home in western Massachusetts ever since her aunt had it preserved and boxed more than a decade ago. By pure mistake, Rachele’s uncle donated the dress to a local Goodwill store after he cleaned out their home in late March. He and other family members rushed over to the store as soon as he realized what he had done, but the beautiful gown had already been sold.
“Oh, I cried, I cried. My kids actually thought something happened to my mom.
I cried my eyes out,” Rachele told WGGB.
Desperate for help, Rachele posted photos of the dress on Facebook in the hope that it could be tracked down and returned.
“I just found out that my dress was dropped off at the Goodwill in Palmer, MA in March and should’ve never been dropped off there,” she captioned the post. “I currently live in California due to the military. My whole family does reside in MA and is more than willing to pick up my dress if located.
“This would mean the world to me if I could get my dress back,” she continued. “I have a daughter that I wanted to some day [sic] share that memory with her. Please if you purchased this dress [I] would ask you contact me.”
Rachele then appeared on her local news station to make a special plea to the dress’ new owner…
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