Prom season is almost here, and on Saturday, Alabama News Network teamed up with the United Way, Jim Massey's Cleaners, Hot 105 radio and Embassy Suites hotel to bring you the prom dress drive a chance for young women who might not be able to afford an expensive dress to have the night of their dreams.
The line stretched around the building before the doors opened at Embassy Suites for the prom dress drive Saturday morning. Inside, there were hundreds of dresses for high school students like Brittni Williams, searching for the perfect one for prom.
"A lot of places, you know, especially for my size, a dress would run 400 dollars or more, and it's just really helpful with, you know, being able to get something for free," Williams said.
That's the reason the Prom Dress Giveaway kicked off five years ago.
"A prom's an important event in everybody's life and it's nice to be able to have something that, or be able to offer something that they wouldn't be able to have without it," said Jim Massey with Massey's Cleaners.
"When we first started out, we had 125 dresses in our old conference room and we had maybe about 75, 100 girls come. This year, we had 800 to show up, so yes, it grows," said Regina Walker with United Way.
Every single dress is donated by the community. Donations are accepted up to a month and a half before the giveaway to make sure no one goes away empty-handed.