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Wedding dress accidentally donated to a Goodwill is found

By MICHELLE WILLIAMS | MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass. | Published: June 14, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Tribune News Service) — Never in a million years did Rachele Familia think she would have to hunt for her wedding dress so many years after her wedding, but she got lucky again.

On Friday, the Springfield native posted on Facebook that her wedding dress was accidentally donated to a Goodwill store in Palmer.

She married her husband Greg in 2004 and her aunt offered to take the wedding dress and have it preserved as a gift.

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In the years since, Familia's family expanded and they moved to California while her husband serves as an active duty member of the military but her dress remained with family in Western Massachusetts.

Her aunt died a few years ago, Familia said in a Facebook post, and she recently decided it was time to bring the dress back home with her only to find out it had been accidentally donated to Goodwill about three months ago.

Hoping to recover the dress, Familia turned to social media, sharing photos and a plea for help. "This would mean the world to me if I could get my dress back. I have a daughter that I wanted to some day share that memory with her." she wrote.

"My whole family does reside in MA and is more than willing to pick up my dress if located," she wrote.

On Thursday afternoon, Familia posted her good news.

"I am beyond grateful for all the people that have reached out to me and helped me find my dress," she wrote. "Nicole Akurah you are the sweetest person to go out of your way and contact the news and print copies of a flyer to post around Palmer, MA."

She said her mother would be picking up the dress Thursday night.

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Stars and Stripes writer Lauren King contributed to this story.

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