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Donating Prom Dresses
Want to help make a peer's dream come true? Here's the info you need to donate a prom dress
The photos have been taken, the dances danced, the memories emblazoned -- now what? Why not donate your prom dress to make someone else's dream come true? It's one of the easiest ways to be a charitable teen and get that warm, fuzzy feeling of enabling a peer to experience the same all-dressed-up excitement you were lucky enough to have yourself.
For every young woman who vows to wrap her dress in tissue and never let it go, there's bound to be another who loves the idea of giving her beloved gown a second spin around the dance floor, this time on a peer in need. If you fall into the latter camp, read on for tips on donating prom dresses.
There are a number of organizations that take donations locally, but if you're not near one, no problem -- you can give your gown by mail. In general, if it's in good enough shape to give to your little sister, younger cousin or good friend, it's bound to make a stranger in need very happy this spring.
P.S.: If for whatever reason none of the suggested organizations that accept gently used frocks seem to fit the bill for you, why not consider taking this on as a leadership project at your school, church, sports team (or other school club/activity) or community organization? And why stop at promwear? At my kids' school, where long white dresses are mandated for graduating girls, two younger girls came up with the idea to collect these grad gowns after the fact and donate them to girls in need for their own formal events. Yes, such a project looks great on a college application or resume, but it's also a real-life leadership experience that will serve you well down the road -- and most importantly, there's that priceless feeling of having made a difference :)
Donating Prom Dresses 101...
Before donating your prom dress, make sure it's:
~ In excellent or like-new condition
~ A "recent" style (say, purchased new within the past 5 or so years)
~ Clean (unless you're dropping or sending to a charitable organization's drycleaning partner)
Donate a Prom Dress Through Princess Project
The Princess Project accepts donations of prom dresses in excellent condition from California teens. Their dress drive runs yearly from mid February to early March. This not-for-profit organization also accepts donations of $25 to send a girl to prom. Both monetary and dress donations are tax deductible. More info:
Or Through Glass Slipper Project
The nonprofit Glass Slipper Project has outfitted more than 17,000 young women in and around Chicago with donated prom dresses. Volunteer "personal shoppers" provide one-on-one attention to match each girl with the dress of her dreams. More info:
Whether you're keeping or donating, a padded satin hanger is a pretty & practical complement to your prom dress.
Why should gown storage bags be boring? This breathable bag brings a pop of pink to your closet -- or your lucky dress recipient's.
Operation Fairy Dust
Teens within striking distance of NYC can get a donated prom dress from Operation Fairy Dust. The nice thing about this group is that even if you don't live nearby, they make donating prom dresses easy through their partnerships with several drycleaners, who accept dress donations both in person and by mail. More info:
can't find an organization near you that takes donated prom dresses?
Donate by mail!
Now in its 11th year, Enchanted Closet has provided more than 4,500 formal gowns to Atlanta area teens. This not-for-profit has even expanded its mission to offer "life-readiness workshops to girls at-risk for lower educational attainment, in addition to expanding its clothing offerings to include business attire for job and college interviews." More info:
Donating a Prom Dress: See the results....
Would you ever donate a prom dress? Do you plan to this year?