Bloom House collecting prom, Easter dresses for foster children

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Bloom House is collecting prom and Easter dresses for girls in foster care.

Kristen Jones, founder of the Bloom House, said the girls will get to shop for dresses at the organization’s “spring tea” event coming up in March.

“All the girls will be invited to shop for free for prom and or Easter dresses,” Jones said.

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With prom season and Easter approaching, Jones said it is a good opportunity to let the girls pick out something nice to wear.

“Everybody would like to have something new during this time, and foster children are under served in many ways,” Jones said. “We wanted to do this to just pamper them and let them know that the community sees them and loves them, just a day to make them feel special.”

The Bloom House started collecting dresses on Feb. 20 and has a deadline of March 6, which will give them time to organize the dresses and get them ready for the spring tea.

“We are always looking forward to any opportunity to spend time with these girls and these kids and just to let them know that we want to be their village,” Jones said.

Jones said they are looking for dresses for newborns all the way up to 18 years old. The dresses need to be gently used and in good condition or new.

“We want to give these girls good things, something they can be happy in,” Jones said. “We believe that the community coming behind these children during a vulnerable time is just so important in giving them hope and letting them know that they’re loved. It goes much deeper than just dresses.”

Jones said girls in foster care and kinship care will be invited to the spring tea from Selma and Dallas County as well as some of the surrounding counties.

Bloom House was founded in 2016 and moved to its new location on Dallas Avenue last August. The nonprofit organization provides resources and assistance to orphans and foster care families.

“We’re not all called to be foster parents, and we’re not all called to adopt, but we all can do something to support the kids,” Jones said.

Jones said Bloom House is also looking for rolling clothes racks to hang the dresses on, as well as volunteers to help sort through the dresses. Anyone interested in donating dresses can contact the Bloom House at (334) 878-9837 or drop them off at the Bloom House at 705 Dallas Avenue.