MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Gamma Sigma Sigma sorority at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro is again holding a prom dress drive for high school students who cannot afford to buy a prom dress.
Claressa Johnson is behind the dress drive.
She told News 2, “Just to see the smile on their face, to know they got that chance to go to prom, it makes our day.”
This is the second year Johnson and her sorority sisters have collected new and gently worn gowns.
She said she wants to get enough options together this year to give as many girls as possible a chance to go to the prom.
Last year, Johnson told News 2 they were able to outfit around 1,000 girls.
“A lot of them that came out, they wouldn't have had a chance to go to prom because their parents were having financial difficulties,” Johnson recalled
The donated prom dresses will be given to high school junior and senior girls who go to school in Rutherford and Williamson counties and are on free or reduced lunch programs.
Johnson said the dresses are not old or out of style and in fact, many have been donated from local stores and have never been worn.
Holiday Cleaners in Murfreesboro has volunteered to be a collection site for the party dresses.
“It's a rite of passage, the prom, so we're thrilled that we can help out in that way,” said Yolanda Torres, who works at the shop.
Anyone wishing to donate can drop off their dresses at Holiday Cleaners, located at 911 Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro through Saturday, February 27.
The dress drive will be held Saturday, March 27 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 431 Dejarnette Lane in Murfreesboro.
Johnson said the dresses will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.
She encourages anyone with questions to email her.