Donate a Prom Dress and Make a Dream Come True

March 3, 2017

Lots of little girls dream of being princesses, and 17-year-old Shenae will soon know what it feels like to be one, courtesy of YWCA Central Alabama.

The agency will host two Prom Palooza events this month, providing beautiful gowns and accessories to girls in need. “I can’t wait to find a dress,” Shenae said. “I can’t decide if I want a yellow one or a pink one, but I’ll know it when I see it. I’m so excited!”

Clair McLafferty, coordinator of My Sister’s Closet, the YW’s boutique that provides free professional clothing to clients and is a high-quality, low-cost shopping option for the community, said the event fills a big need. “We noticed that some girls couldn’t go to prom because they couldn’t afford dresses,” she said. “Last year alone, we provided dresses for more than 150 girls.”

The YWCA is collecting new and gently used gowns, costume jewelry and shoes to meet the need this year. Prom Palooza will be held March 11 in Pell City and March 18 in Birmingham.

“We are especially in need of plus size dresses, but we can use dresses of any size,” McLafferty said. “We want to have a great selection and make this a wonderful experience for the girls.”

Donations may be dropped off at the YWCA, 309 23rd Street North, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week between now and March 16.

Girls must be referred by their guidance counselors and have an invitation to shop. For more information, contact Jessica Jones at or 205.322.9922, ext. 317.
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