Anyone who’s ever been to prom can confirm that it’s all about two things: who you’re with and what you’re wearing. Sure, you’ve got your best friends with you, so you’re going to have an awesome time. But what if you can’t afford a new dress?
With some dresses costing a few hundred dollars (and sometimes more!), it’s no wonder high school students are having trouble affording them. And with the economy being the way it is, parents have less money to hand over for a dress their daughters will probably only wear once.
In the spirit of giving, we’ve compiled a list of organizations where those of you who’ve already rocked your prom can send your dresses. You’ve had your fun; now it’s time for someone else to have the time of her life!
Here are four organizations where you can send your dresses:
+ Giving Gown Foundation
The Giving Gown Foundation is dedicated to “promoting confidence and self-esteem to junior and senior high school girls and strive to help them attend their proms in style.”
+ Fairy Godmother Project of Houston
The Fairy Godmother Project of Houston helps hundreds of student find the perfect prom dress each year. Volunteers even act as on-site “personal shoppers” to help students choose the perfect dress and accessories!
For those recent high school graduates, you can send in your new dress (or one that is less than two years old) to the organization via mail. And even though prom only happens once a year, the non-profit accepts donations year-round.
+ Project “GLAM”
WGIRLS is focused on providing underprivileged women and girls “with the support and resources necessary to achieve health, happiness, and the ability to lead productive and successful adult lives.”
The non-profit created Project Granting Lasting Amazing Memories (GLAM) as a way to provide underprivileged girls with their perfect prom dresses. Find a WGIRLS chapter near you or send in your dress via mail. Just make sure you get your dresses in by April 11!
+ Donate my Dress
If you can’t find a local non-profit to send your gown or you’re trying to cut down on the cost of shipping, look up Donate My Dress. The site is an online network which lists dress drive organizations.
Donate My Dress has a list of organizations, by state, where you can send in your dress, which means donating your dress just got a lot less complicated.
Are you already going through your closet searching for your dress? Tweet us a pic of you and your prom dress. Here’s to helping girls around the country have the best prom ever!