Planning a wedding is incredibly stressful, but for thousands of brides it got even worse after bridal shop Alfred Angelo abruptly closed its 60 stores.

For the women who had purchased bridal gowns or bridesmaids dresses from Alfred Angelo, this means the loss of hundreds or thousands of dollars in deposits, and a frantic scramble to find replacement dresses. Fortunately, empathetic people all over the country are stepping up to help out. Many are volunteering their own wedding gowns as replacements for those in need:





David’s Bridal is also offering discounts to those impacted by the unexpected store closures:



It’s amazing to see people from all over the country volunteering their own gowns to strangers who could use them for their special day.



Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, American Way magazine, The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thrillist, Thought Catalog, and others.