2014 Prom Dress Drive in Need of Dress Donations


By Ellis Eskew

Prom season is just around the corner.. But the formal dresses can be expensive.

That's why Alabama News Network is partnering with the United Way and other organizations to help girls who can't afford a dress to get it for free. But they need your help.

"The sense of pride they feel, they don'y think of it as a dress that belonged to someone else, it's their's. And it's a really special moment for them and their parents," said Regina Walker with United Way.

Each year the dress drive gets bigger and bigger.
With 1200 dresses donated for the last one, there is even more pressure this year.

 "We want to beat the 1200, right now, we only have 300 to 350. Trying to get the word out to get them as soon as possible because we need to clean them, press them to have them ready," said Jim Massey of Jim Massey's Cleaners.

We're told they can be all colors, sizes and lengths. Just no rips or bad stains.
But there is only a week left to get in the donated dresses.

"We need a lot of dresses. In the past, we've had 800 to 900 young ladies to show up. We've always had over a thousand gowns. So if a young lady left without a dress, it was because she couldn't find one not because we ran out of dresses. So we would hate to turn someone away. We are counting on the community to clear out those closets and get those dresses to Jim Massey's today!" said Walker.

The Prom Dress Drive takes place on Saturday, March 1st at 8am at the Embassy Suites.

All dresses can be dropped off at Jim Massey's Cleaners locations.


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