Local News

March 7, 2014

Prom dress dreams come true

OSKALOOSA — If you need a prom dress but can’t afford to pay hundreds of dollars, you can go to the New Hope Community center to find the dress of your dreams at an affordable price.

The New Hope Community, 308 Fifth Ave. W., held The Green Dress Open House Thursday afternoon and will hold it again Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The purpose of the event is to help families who cannot afford to buy a prom dress for their daughter.

Hope Depot volunteer Ruth Branderhorst worked in The Green Dress Room Thursday and she was pleased with the community response in donating prom dresses.

“We’re grateful for the dresses that businesses and individuals have brought here,” she said. “They have been bringing them in during the last month.”

Branderhorst said that many of the prom dresses are of the latest styles.

The price can’t be beat — $10 for a dress.

Branderhorst said she was pleased to help girls find the dress of their dreams so that they can go to prom.

“It’s wonderful — the excitement and satisfaction that girls have” when they find a dress, Branderhorst said. “That’s worth it for me.”

Finding a prom dress can often be a family affair. Often times, it’s not only a mother that helps her daughter find a dress, but often fathers or grandparents help too, she said.

If you have a dress, shoes or jewelry to donate or have questions, you can call Melissa Van Donselaar at (641) 660-6522.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

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