"Prom Dream Closet" at Loften High School
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With prom season approaching, one high school is helping students with expenses... and one "closet" is doing just that.
A project that began only three weeks ago has already received an enormous support from the community.
"They're just as new as the ones you would get at the store," said Brooklynn Carney.
18-year-old Brooklynn Carney is a junior at loften high school.
She says she can't wait for prom night now that she has found her dress.
"I feel happy. I feel blessed that I could be able to do that and find dresses that in style," said Carney.
Two employees at Loften High School got together and decided to work on an idea… to help students with prom expenses.
"You hear so many students talk about the prom and how excited they are but you hear also other students who say why they aren't going- they can't afford the ticket, they can't afford the dress, they can't can't afford to pay for their date, they can't afford a suit…," said Danielle Norman, Bookkeeper at Loften.
So Danielle Norman and Dedra Brown opened up what they named "Prom Dream Closet."
They have been collecting donated dresses, shoes, and accessories for the girls at loften to wear on their special night.
"It's been really exciting, It's so wonderful to see these girls get so excited that they actually have options," said Norman.
Norman and Brown say the support from the community has been outstanding.
They have been picking up donations at churches, other schools, and receiving them at loften.
"It's fun! it's like we're going to the prom again," said Norman.
Here at prom dream closet, girls can choose from an array of dresses, some of them even with the price tag on them.
"It started out initially just for this school, but our dream is to provide a dress for any young lady in the district that has a need. And we want they to be able to come here find a dress and be able to go to their individual schools," said Dedra Brown, Executive Assistant at Loften.
Brown says her hope for the project continues to grow where eventually they will need a bigger closet.
"We just want to be a blessing to someone," said Brown.
For more information on how to donate to the "Prom Dream Closet," contact Dedra Brown or Danielle Norman at at Loften High School at (305) 599- 6954.
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