MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Cinderella Project of Monroe is asking the community to clear out their closets for any prom or formal dresses they won’t wear again. Their Dress Giveaway is a month away, and they say they still need more dresses.
The group gives prom dresses to juniors and seniors in high school who can’t afford prom dresses. "Over the last nine years we've definitely seen that we've filled a need for high school students in the area," says organizer Ashley Hubenthal. She says this year the Cinderella Project will partner with the Junior League of Monroe to reach even more high school students in need.
Hubenthal says they want to make sure every girl feels special on their prom night, so that’s why they’re asking the community for dress donations. She says they’re looking for dresses worn in the past five years. "So many people have dresses in their closets that they're never going to wear again, that maybe they've worn to a Mardis Gras ball or a formal event or prom,” says Hubenthal. “Why not donate it so it can benefit someone else?”
She says girls have come from as far away as southern Arkansas to shop for their dresses. "Well, the Cinderella project we always say is about more than just a dress, it's about self-esteem, confidence and giving back to others,” says Hubenthal.
The group says they’re working with local businesses across the area including some Raising Canes locations. "You can drop off a dress at any of their locations in Monroe, West Monroe, or Ruston,” says Hubenthal. “We also have some local boutiques. That's Herringstones, Eleven 26, K-Sera, Hemline and then Rodeo Boutique in Ruston.”
Organizers say they’ll accept dresses until the end of February and the event starts at 9 a.m. on March 9th. They also ask that you donate dresses that have been dry-cleaned and are in good shape.