“Thanks for making my daughter feel beautiful” was just one of the anonymous comment cards Susan Bauer received after hosting another successful Prom Dress Giveaway event for the Ministry, The Lord’s Closet at Crossroads Community Covenant Church, held Saturday, April 7.
“Every girl who came in found a dress this year,” said Bauer, who ministry lead for the event. “Why not with over 200 beautiful dresses to choose from and 100 pairs of shoes. The girls could also select jewelry, nail polish, and accessories to complete their look.”
Each junior and senior high girl were able to enter in a drawing for prize bundle of donated items from our local businesses: Dinner for two at Pizzeria La Gitana, dinner for two at El Mariachi, hair sessions at Hair Inc and a patron purchased them for Bliss Experience, others donated gas cards, Starbucks cards, photo frames and handcrafted bracelets in school colors. There were a large bundle and smaller bundle for both Yelm High School and Rainier High School and winners were notified at the end of the event by phone.
The joy on the faces of the girls were evident and not just the girls, when they found, as Bauer puts it, “the dress” but by the moms or older sisters who accompanied them as well. This event is made possible by the generous donations of the community, the church and local businesses who provided these beautiful dresses, shoes and accessories, items for the drawings and contributed time for this ministry. Bauer thanked the entire community and the team as she takes dress donations year round for this and could not do it alone. The team started set up started Thursday and Friday before for Saturday’s event, which ran from 2-5 p.m. even though the weather was pouring, which did not deter young ladies from coming in; so many were appreciative and thanked the team over and over.
“It’s lovely to see that new life can be given things that were previously set aside and I know some young ladies who looked amazing and left feeling like princesses,” Bauer said.
Next up for these dresses is ”Deploy-Your-Dress” at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Some 55 dresses and 20 pairs of shoes were given to the coordinator of that organization, so these items will get another chance to sparkle for the military ball for the ladies who might not be able to attend their event otherwise.
Additionally, some dresses were set aside for Homecoming and will be available in late August for the Back to School event alongside that annual giveaway with backpacks and gently used school clothing.