Help an underserved teen go to prom: Donate your old dresses

The highlight of my high school existence was getting ready for prom. Months before the big day I went shopping and found the perfect dress: a pale pink mermaid style gown with black bows adorning the bottom.  Now, years later the possibility of me ever attending another prom is pretty much zero. Even if I had to go to a formal or charity event that required me to dress up, I don’t foresee myself pulling out my prom dress from eight years ago, as my style has since evolved. Plus, there’s also the chance that the dress no longer fits me. So, instead of throwing it away or allowing it to collect dust in the back of my closet, the best solution is to donate the dress, which I only wore once, and will never wear again.

Every year, thousands of girls look forward to their prom; but, in these tough economic times some girls may have to struggle in order to be able to afford the cost of the big day. They have to pay for tickets for the event, transportation, an after party, and most importantly, the dress. For some girls, finding the gown of their dreams is the most exciting part of getting ready for prom, and there are many organizations out there that give undeserved teens the opportunity to find beautiful dresses free of charge. Help make their dreams come true by donating formal wear that you no longer want.

I’ve compiled a list of organizations that accept dress donations. This list is not exhaustive, and please feel free to suggest additions.

The Princess Project

The Glass Slipper Project

Operation Fairy Dust


The Priceless Gown Project

The Prom Shop Project™

Fairy Godmothers, Inc.

Cinderella Closet

Enchanted Closet

Caitlin’s Closet

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