After collecting donated formal dresses for over a month, North Highlands-Antelope Library hosted a two-day giveaway event on March 19 and 20.
Beginning as a Teen Advisory Board project, the Prom Dress Drive gained momentum after being featured on News10, and many generous donors brought in their formal wear even during the giveaway itself. Teen librarian Justin Azevedo and the intrepid members of the Teen Advisory Board (who also raised money for dress cleaning and storage materials) manned the doors as teens from inside and outside the community came through in hopes of finding the perfect dress.
One attendee said she wasn’t planning to go to her prom if she couldn’t find a dress that day (fortunately, she did). Another said that she had only been asked the day before to a prom that was two days away.
Overall, we collected 96 dresses, and 18 of them found new homes. The rest will be donated to WEAVE, Goodwill, and/or another upcoming dress drive hosted by a neighborhood charter school.
Massive appreciation and thanks to everyone who brought in a dress, and to all of the North Highlands-Antelope Teen Advisory Board who worked hard to make this event happen.