Each spring thousands of students across the United States flock to gymnasiums, churches, and event centers to celebrate a popular high school tradition; prom.
For girls, going to prom is all about one thing; the dress.
Unfortunately, formal dresses suitable for the prom are typically accompanied by a hefty price tag. For many underprivileged students, securing an outfit for the prom is a daunting task. Luckily, philanthropic organizations such as Operation PROM have formed in recent years with the purpose of encouraging and offsetting the sometimes exorbitant cost of prom.
Operation PROM was founded in 2005 with the dream of helping students attend their prom at little or for no cost. The charitable organization, located primarily on the east coast, aspires to expand across the country. They are also expanding their offerings to underprivileged students and, in addition to free prom dresses and tuxedo rentals, they now provide school supplies, mentoring and clothing to qualified persons.
In order to qualify for services, including a free prom dress or a free tuxedo rental, students have to meet certain criteria. Students are usually nominated by their guidance counselors for this program. They must also be in financial need and be passing their classes in order to be accepted into the program.
This is the perfect time of year to donate your old prom dresses!
Spring is in the air, which means that it’s time to clean out your closets and start planning for warmer weather. Another upside to donating your formal wear; the tax write offs. If you choose to make a either a dress or a cash donation be sure to hang on to your receipt. You will be entitled incorporate your contribution on next year’s taxes.
To learn more about Operation PROM including where and how to donate your used dresses or to make a cash donation visit the website: www.operationprom.org.
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