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Teens Can Get Their Dream Prom Dress From “Fairy Tale Closet” For Free

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For many teens, prom is the main event of spring. It is an opportunity for them to get dressed up, pamper themselves, and have an amazing time with their friends on the dance floor.

Everyone waits for that moment when they get dressed and walk down the steps feeling as though they are walking on the red carpet. However, no one really talks about how much money it takes to have the Hollywood moment and how that moment may not be available to everyone.

Typically a prom dress is about $200 dollars on the cheap end, and that’s before hair, makeup, nails, shoes, jewelry, and a ticket. For some families, the cost of prom altogether is equivalent to some of their household bills per month.

The Dallas Public Library in Texas realized how expensive prom can be, especially the dress. In an act to give greater opportunities for less fortunate families, in 2014 they launched a program called Fairy Tale Closet.

Fairy Tale Closet takes donated prom dresses and offers them for free to any high school student who needs a prom dress, but doesn’t have the funds. This gives them the opportunity to attend the traditional high school event while saving money for other priorities, such as college.

This prom dress extravaganza has indeed helped students such as Tamora Phineas who was able to go to prom because of Fairy Tale Closet.  She explains, “Really, we could not afford a real new dress I wanted, so to be able to have it free– it’s nice. It’s a good opportunity.”

The library receives donations from businesses, charitable organizations, students, and other corporations.

According to Beverly Jenkins from InspireMore, Youth Services Administrator, Melissa Dease comments, “Prom is an expensive rite of passage. We started Fairy Tale Closet  to help every teen feel like a princess, regardless of the family’s economic need.”

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