By Kati Walker
Project Faith Formals is helping girls attend prom without the associated costs by taking donations for formal dresses and providing them to girls who want to go to prom but don’t have the means.
Shanell Nations, Alysha Bratcher and Aimee Miller came up with the idea after realizing they still had their own dresses from prom gathering dust in their closets.
“We just had extra dresses and wanted to put them to good use,” Nations said.
The women are all members of First Baptist Church and said the project is a “non-profit outreach” of MOPS.
“We felt like God was wanting us to help the community in some way,” Nations said. “We want to help out anybody we can and all those who financially are afraid to go to prom because they couldn’t afford a dress or shoes…it’s expensive.”
The community and local businesses have already jumped on board with the outreach program by sharing posts on Facebook and donating dresses.
“We have about 72 dresses, along with jewelry, shoes, and hair accessories,” Nations said. “We accept any and everything, any size. We’re taking donations for shoes, purses, jewelry, hair accessories and even monetary donations. All of it goes to the girls, we’re not making any money off of it.”
February 10 and 11, the Dandy Lion will host a dress drive at their store on Houston Street. For every dress donated, the person who makes the donation receives 25 percent off any item in the store, excluding custom items.
“[The dresses] usually just sit in a closet,” Nations said. “Instead of throwing them away, give them to help these girls. I hate for girls to miss out on such a great experience because they can’t afford a dress.”
Nations said there is an application process for anyone wishing to receive a donated dress.
“If anyone knows of someone who is need, all they have to do is call us,” Nations said.
There will be a fitting event for girls receiving dresses in March as prom season gets closer.
For more information or to become involved in the project, contact Shanell Nations by calling (806)-928-7102;
Alysha Bratcher by calling (806)-559-0772; or Aimee Miller by calling (806)-781-8772.
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