Sharing dresses for a prom night to remember

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | e-mail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Prom should be a night to remember for any high schooler, but what if that child's family can't afford all the glitz? Sara Spano Clothing Bank Volunteer Director, Beth Welch, has the answer, "They can come in here and get a dress they could get at a store in Columbus that will make it for them the evening they dreamed about."

The Sara Spano Clothing Bank has been dressing kids of all ages for years, but just recently they've added formal-wear.

"We also have a line of shoes and purses to go with the dresses so we can help the girl get the whole outfit for that night," Welch told News Leader Nine.

The prom gown project was started last year by a Girl Scout at Columbus High School and has continued on because of the response.

"Since last year was our first year we didn't know how well it would be received but we were surprised at how many young women are interested in getting dresses and also how many were donated," added Welch.

The service is free to the families, but they need community help getting more dresses.

Volunteer Savannah Shepard said, "Bring what you can because someone really can use it. I brought in a pair of shoes that I wore to prom because a lot is just sitting in the back of your closet and you see them, when they get it here and it's meaningful and it means a lot to them. And it does more good than sitting at your house."

Any student in the Muscogee County School District who is referred by a guidance counselor or someone in administration, is eligible to get the free clothes. The Sara Spano Clothing Bank is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 until noon.

They've helped dress less fortunate kids for years and this prom dress room is a new and very helpful addition to the organization.