MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Gamma Sigma Sigma sorority at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro is holding a prom dress drive for high school students who cannot afford to buy a prom dress.
MTSU senior Claressa Johnson is behind the dress drive.
She said when she found out some local high school girls couldn't go to prom because they couldn't afford a dress, she wanted to help.
“It just feels good to be able to give girls a chance to go to prom that might not have gotten a chance,” she told News 2 Thursday.
So far, Johnson has collected 50 new or gently used dresses from sorority sisters, friends and local businesses.
More than half of the dresses came from the Bridal and Formal Shoppe in Murfreesboro.
Owner Judy Russell knows how expensive prom can be and how much the special night matters to young girls.
“Prom is a big deal for girls,” she told News 2. “It's the step before getting married, so they need to be happy and get to go.”
The dresses come in a range of colors, styles and sizes.
Johnson said more donations are needed. She said she's hoping to collect 50 more gowns.
“It would be a great time, since the economy is so bad, to give back,” she said.
Dress donations can be dropped off at the KUC building at MTSU between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. this week.
The dresses must be clean and on hangers, and purchased after 2002.
The dress giveaway will be held March 21 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Tom Jackson Hall on campus.
Girls must bring documentation to show they qualify for free or reduced lunch at a Rutherford County school in order to get a dress.