It is prom season! It is the time to shop for a fancy dress to wear for one night and then hang in your closet until it doesn’t fit anymore. At least that is for the girls from families that can afford it. Other girls turn down requests to go to prom because they know their family cannot afford it. There are organizations around the county holding prom dress drives to help those girls who can’t afford a new dress. One of those organizations is the Metro St. Louis Cinderella Project.
The Metro St. Louis Cinderella Project is an event sponsored by the Community Council of St. Charles County. This project began in 2009 when the Community Council put together a prom dress drive and was able to collect over 1000 dresses. They made the dresses available to area high school girls who are referred to the project by their high school councilors. The event was such a success that it became an annual event in 2010.
In 2010, the event joined the DonateMyDress.org network of local dress drives across the United States. That year the Metro St. Louis Cinderella Project along with 13 other dress projects around the nation earned the Purple Dress Award from DonateMyDress.org.
The project promotes confidence and self esteem in junior and senior high school women by providing the gift of a prom dress to young women in the metropolitan area who are unable to acquire one on their own. The project continues to expand. In 2011 over 40 high schools in the St Louis metro area were invited to refer girls to receive a dress.
You can read moving stories from girls around the country who have received dresses from various collections at DonateMyDress.org.
If you live in the St Louis metro area, there are many ways you can help!
- The collection for 2011 has ended, but watch for details on a 2012 collection on their website.
- The project is always looking for personal shoppers to help each girl find the perfect dress!
- Alterations are also needed for some girls, so if you have seamstress skills and are able to assist with fittings and alterations, please volunteer.
- The project is also in need of donations of sewing machines and notions to help make each dress special.
- Hairdressers and makeup artists are also needed to donate their time on prom day to assist with makeovers!
- The project also partners with other local groups and organizations to host dress drives and fundraisers.
If you live outside of the St Louis metro area, visit DonateMyDress.org to find a collection site for a project in your area. If you can’t find one close to you, make a huge difference for girls by hosting a drive! DonateMyDress.org provides you with a free guidebook to walk you through the process!
You can learn more about the St Louis Cinderella Project on their website, CinderellaSTL.org. You can also follow them on Twitter and Facebook. You can learn more about DonateMyDress.org on their website or following them on Twitter.