Junior League Makes Dreams Come True
On Friday and Saturday, the nonprofit service agency hosted Cinderella’s Closet at the Hudson Valley Mall, marking the fifth year it has dressed girls from head-to-toe for upcoming formal occasions like proms, awards ceremonies and graduation parties.
Cicily Wilson of the Junior League said that more than 300 dresses–some unused and many gently used–were donated.
More than 100 girls. whose families would otherwise struggle to afford formal attire, visited the free event, coming from as far away as Hyde Park, Germantown, Cairo and Marlborough.
“When we started on Friday at 4;30, we had more than 50 girls lined up outside, waiting for us to open the doors, and we had a beautiful display of all new dresses and they went quite quickly,” she said.
Cinderella’s Closet also offered free shoes and accessories like ajewelry. Additionally, there were free gift certificates girls could win to get their hair and makeup done by participating salons, according to Wilson.
“We come from a very diverse community, and we have a lot of people living in poverty, but they want to participate in the local events,” she said.
“If you’re going to the high school prom and you need a dress, even if you’re only going to spend $100, that can put a dent in your monthly budget if you’re really struggling, so it’s just a wonderful thing to not only recycle these dresses…and be able to just actually hand it to a girl…and she can enjoy her night without worrying about another expense.”
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