Thursday, January 27

Share the Dress

Hey ladies! Have any old prom dresses you need to get rid of? I have the perfect solution for you...


One of Doug's co-workers, Miranda, recently co-founded a new charity called Share the Dress. It's awesome and I'm hoping to get more involved with it. I'll let her explain it for you...

Share the Dress is a community outreach project designed to make sure every girl in Rockdale and Newton counties who is financially unable to afford a dress on their own, receives one absolutely free. We have the opportunity to take our project into 6 public high schools. We use everything from flyers to facebook to get the word out to the girls within these schools. There are actually a few schools that have agreed to allow us to come in and personally share the information with the girls. So far, the reception has been great! We do not require any financial documentation, just a high school ID. We would never want any girl to feel embarrassed about their financial situation so we just have to trust and let the girls decide whether or not this is the event for them.

Since Share the Dress will be holding it’s very first event this year we have no idea of how many girls to expect. While we don’t want to expect too much we also don’t want to be unprepared, so we have a goal to reach 150 girls. We would like a 3:1 ratio, so our goal number of dresses is 450. We currently have 100 dresses. We are about 1 month away from our first Share the Dress Event and we are about 2 months away from our second event.

Our first Share the Dress Event on February 26 will reach out directly to one high school. Their prom falls much earlier than the other high schools involved, so we wanted to make sure they had a chance to shop also. The event will be held at Golden Razor Academy in Covington, GA. The girls will arrive and be able to go shopping and take home any dress of their choice. They will also receive a bag full of health and beauty products. After they have made their dress selection, their name will go into a free raffle where they could be chosen to receive either a hair up-do, makeup application, manicure and pedicure, a boutonniere and corsage or dinner to be used on the day of their prom. All of these services have been generously donated by local area businesses.

Our second Share the Dress Event on April 2 will be open to 5 high schools (this is the big one that we need so many dresses for!!). This event will take place at Central Community Church Teen Center in Covington, GA. Their experience will be pretty much the same and each school will receive the above free raffles also. At this event we will have personal shoppers available to help the girls make their selection. We are so excited to have both Miss High School Georgia and Miss Teen Georgia as personal shoppers. We will also have limited alterations available at the events. They will be able to hem dresses and make minor alterations. We still need many dresses for this event as well as donations from salons, florists and restaurants.
If you would like to donate dresses and you live in the area, you can bring them to our dress drive this weekend, January 29 at Central Community Church Teen Center in Covington between 10 and 2. If you live in the metro Atlanta area, you can give them to me, or you can ship them. We do not care if the dresses are wrinkled as we will be steaming each one. We just ask that nothing is stained or torn. You can ship the dress directly to Miranda Tamaska 4466 HWY 138 Stockbridge, GA 30281.
 
Proms were one of my favorite things about high school (a lot of it had to do with wearing beautiful dresses!) and I just love this idea to help girls that normally would not be able to attend. I have had all of my dresses stuffed in a closet for years, not knowing what to do with them, so this is the perfect opportunity to get some extra closet space and help out girls in need!
 
If you are a vendor and can help with raffle items or alterations, please leave me a comment with your email and I will contact you with more information! And if you do send in dresses, let me know!
 
Thanks for listening! :)
    

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