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Free prom dresses available Saturday

Every girl should feel like Cinderella at least one day out of the year.

With that in mind, some women of Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church came up with the idea of providing free prom and formal dresses to local high school and college girls.

Approximately 150 free dresses will be available to any Marion County high school girl from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church at 300 Prairie Pointe, Hillsboro.

More donations were received this year of new and “gently used” dresses including 19 dresses from Kari Lynn Bridal and Prom of McPherson.

Donna Thiessen, one of the organizers, contacted the bridal shop owner and went to the store to pick-up the dresses.

“I assumed she would give me a dress or two. I wasn’t expecting 19 dresses,” Thiessen said. “I cried when she gave them to me.”

The idea was developed from a Sunday school class, “The Harvesters,” who discussed various projects. Most parents of teen girls have prom dresses in their closets. Why not gather them together and give them away?

The dresses are not just for proms. They can be used for graduation and some Tabor students received some for concerts.

The dresses are as various in styles, color, and sizes as there are girls going to proms.

For those who cannot make it to Saturday’s giveaway, other arrangements can be made by calling the church office. And if people have new or slightly used dresses to give away or want to make a cash donation, they will be accepted until Friday at the church or call (620) 947-3583.

“Everything has come together for this,” Thiessen said. “God was so into this whole thing.”

Last modified March 18, 2009

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