Prom dress drive to benefit girls in need

Prom dress drive to benefit girls in need (Image 1)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – For many young women, there are few evenings more important than prom night, but for some, the cost of looking fabulous is too high.

Claressa Johnson was shocked to learn many young ladies don't go to prom because of the expense. 

 In 2009, she decided to organize a prom dress drive to help girls feel like a princess.

“It just brings a smile to my face to be able to touch families and make young girl's dreams come true,” Johnson said.

This time of year, Johnson's living room looks more like a dress shop. 

She told Nashville's News 2 she usually collects anywhere from 300 to 400 new or gently used prom dresses that come in all colors, styles and sizes.

Despite the hundreds of gowns, Johnson said that more gowns are still needed, especially plus size gowns.

“Just make sure they are on hangers, make sure they are clean, maybe 2002 to present styles or something a 15 or 16-year-old girl would like to wear to prom,” Johnson said.

Johnson is hoping more people will dig back into their closets and help girls experience prom.

Anyone interested in donating to the cause can drop off a dress at Holiday Cleaners on Memorial Boulevard in Murfreesboro until February 14 through 25.

The prom dress drive is scheduled to be held Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Murfreesboro. 

The event is open to girls in any Mid-State high school that can provide documentation showing they qualify for free or reduced lunch.

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