Honor Helps Woman Realize She’s A “Woman Of Worth”

By Cathy Jett
The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr)> Jessica Kidd was recently honored by L’Oreal as one of their “Women of Worth.” Kidd founded Gracie’s Gowns in 2012 and has made, with a little help, more than 3,000 cheerful hospital gowns for children all over the world who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic illness. Leftover fabric is used make preemie gowns, which are donated to neonatal intensive care units at seven hospitals.

The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.

Jessica Kidd said that she always thought that she had to be an important person working in a big office building to make a difference.

Last Thursday, the Caroline County founder of Gracie’s Gowns told a star-studded crowd at a gala in New York City for her and the nine other L’Oréal Women of Worth honorees that she’s come to realize that isn’t true.

“There is ability within each of us to do so much that’s bigger than ourselves,” she said during a speech following a video about her work to help critically ill children and their families. “You are creating so much that’s bigger than yourselves. Keep on doing it.”

Kidd learned last month that she’d been selected as a Woman of Worth, an honor that includes a $10,000 grant and an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for the gala, networking with the other winners, and workshops at Bloomberg and Facebook to help improve the work they’re doing.

She was also in the running to be the National Woman of Worth, an honor that went to Carly Yoost, founder of the Child Rescue Coalition. It helps global law enforcement officials rescue children from predators and potential sexual attacks.

Kidd said in a phone interview Monday that she got to meet Yoost and talk to her during the time the honorees spent with each other in New York City, and that felt that she was deserving of the national award and the additional $25,000 that came with it.

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