Carol Brown’s dresses make children feel great, inside and out.
From her sewing room in Montrose, Penn., Carol Brown’s machine whirs and zips, connecting pieces of summery, cheerful fabric in order to create the 100 or so sundresses she donates annually to the Floating Hospital’s yearly holiday bazaar, Candy Cane Lane. But while cutting out and sewing dozens of clothes for little girls may seem like grueling work, for Brown the prolific stitching is nothing less than a labor of love.
She learned her love of sewing from her mother, but years of full-time work and parenting left her with little time to indulge her passion. After retiring, Brown began using her talent to sew clothes and other items for myriad groups in need. But when Floating Hospital President, Sean Granahan—also a Montrose resident—came and spoke about his organization in their town, Brown was drawn to the clinic’s mission and wanted to help bring joy to the children who needed it most.