Edmundites help girls with prom dresses

Published 9:10 pm Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Edmundite Missions is helping local high school girls gear up for prom season by offering them an affordable way to dress for the occasion.

The missions will hold its first ever Edmundite Missions Prom Dress Sale at the center, where dresses will be available for $5.

“It’s prom season, and everybody is starting to have their proms. So what we want to do is contribute to those ladies that may not have the funding and may not have the opportunity to go out and get that awesome dress,” said Grover Henry, chief programs officer for the missions.

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“We know there’s probably a lot of individuals that went out and bought some amazing prom dresses and only wore them once, and those gently used dresses we would love to [have for the sale].”

Henry said they are asking for gently used dresses to be donated to the missions for the sale, where they money raised will go back into helping the community even further.

“The $5 will go back into missions and to the clothing center that we have here where we actually give out clothing for free,” Henry said. “It will give us the opportunity to give back and purchase hygiene products and things like that that we can give out to the public.”

Henry said they are really hoping the community will get involved and begin donating dresses.

“It is huge … for the community to come out and participate,” Henry said.

“We’re asking for all of those with gently used dresses to come out and participate in it.”

Henry said he is glad to be able to offer the young ladies in the community a chance to get a prom dress at an affordable price.

“It’s an amazing opportunity,” Henry said. “For a lot of individuals in this community, they just don’t have the means to go out and buy that wonderful amazing dress … so for us as a mission to partner with the community here and to be a part of this … it’s amazing for us.”

Henry said he is glad to be able to give back to the community through the dress sale and the money raised that will go toward the clothing center.

“For us, we really just want to be a part of that picture to help the community out in that matter, bringing these ladies in and making their eyes sparkle,” Henry said.

“Hopefully the community, the city and churches out there will plug the word.”

Henry said anyone with a dress that they would like to donate can drop it off at the administrative building at 1428 Broad Street up until the event, which will be held March 25 from 9-11 a.m. at the Center of Hope.