Dress Closet helps teens find perfect, budget-friendly dress

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Dress Closet helps teens find perfect, budget-friendly dress

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Started several years ago, the Dress Closet has found a new, permanent home at Restoration Rome, 1400 Crane St., in the old Southeast Elementary School building. The closet is filled with formal dresses and shoes so that girls who are dealing with restrictive budgets or living in foster care may find dresses to wear to formal events such as proms or other special dances.

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Girls may make appointments to come to the closet and find a dress for free.

While there are some dresses that still have the original price tags on them and have never been worn, the majority of the dresses are “gently used,” having only been worn once.

“It started with a donation to Third Street Ministries,” explained Carol Willis, director of the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth, who oversees the closet. “A store donated some formal dresses to the ministry and the director wanted to find a use for them.”

The dresses were given to local girls who couldn’t afford the high cost of formal dresses, she said.

“The very first dress that was picked out actually went to a fourth-grade girl who wanted to attend a father-daughter dance,” explained Willis. “We originally did think prom dresses, but over the years, the dresses have been used for many different types of dances.”

The organization is helped by Harbor House, which supplies an intern to work on the closet and organize it.

Local supporters include the Junior Service League of Rome and the Floyd Polk Chattooga Medical Alliance.

“Perfect Dress on Shorter also donated some tuxes to us,” Willis said. “We could use some more of those if anyone has one to donate, because the tuxedos can be hard to afford for the young men as well.”

The closet now holds between 150-200 dresses, as well as shoes. While it has contained costume jewelry before, Willis said they are hoping to have some donated to resupply.

“Marnie has made it look like a nice boutique,” Willis said.

Marnie Wall is a Berry College student and Harbor House intern that has been overseeing the closet. She has been getting in touch with school counselors to give them contact information, so any students who need help affording a dress will know where to go.

“I feel like the baton has been passed to me,” Wall said. “The closet has always had a special place in the hearts of Harbor House and locals who help out by donating. It is an honor to be able to help out the community like this.”

Wall was at the closet just a few days ago, getting it ready for prom season, sorting dresses and placing them on racks. She also has spent some time trying to find willing volunteers to paint and decorate the closet and make it look more like a boutique.

Willis and Wall both want locals to donate if possible. Formal [url=http://www.marieprom.co.uk/sexy-evening-dresses]sexy evening dresses[/url], shoes, jewelry, tuxedos and even racks for hanging clothing are welcome.

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