Green's Harbour woman collects grad dresses for those in need
Attending the high school prom is arguably one of the most anticipated events for girls in their teenage years.
The glamour, the sparkles, the bright coloured dresses are some of the things many talk about leading up to this milestone event.
Facebook groups and Instagram accounts are flooded with photos of who is wearing what dress so two graduates don't end up in the same one, with some costing upwards of $1,000.
For boys, a tuxedo must be purchased or rented.
But attending prom may not be within everyone's reach.
Not all these teenagers come from families that can afford a gown, tuxedo shoes, purses or jewelry. But they now have options if they still want to attend the event.
Several organizations in the Trinity Conception area began taking donations for prom and graduation attire in previous years.
Last year, Kara Crocker of Green's Harbour started one of those organizations. She organizes the Prom Dreams Project herself, collecting donations and offering items to those who need them.
"I offer the opportunity to anyone who wants to come and look at the dresses the chance to do so, and then whatever I have left, I hand over to the Single Parents Association (of Newfoundland and Labrador) dress distribution in St. John's. These remaining dresses are then given to people who also need them."
The project blew up in popularity right away, with Crocker receiving donations well past graduations. Throughout the year, people contact her to donate items of all kinds.
But the project doesn't just serve high school graduates. She also offers formal and semi-formal dresses for kindergarten, Grade 6s and Grade 9s as well.
Serving all who need it
Crocker may be the sole organizer of the project, but anyone who is in her area is welcome to contact her to see what she has or to drop off a donation.
"My door is open for girls and boys to come and look for something for their special day."
Some things she accepts as donations include gowns, date dresses, dress shirts, tuxedos, suits, ties, hats and cuff links, new makeup, purses, shawls and garment bags. All other donations are also accepted.
In addition to clothing collections this year, Crocker has decided to accept additional sponsors as well.
"I would like to let everyone know that this year we are accepting business donations of hairdos, nails, makeup. We have some people come forward with (these) donations before, so this year we started accepting (them)," she said.
Crocker may run the project by herself, but she has a lot of support.
"A lot of people help me with this project, including my parents, extended family and friends," she explained. "However, without the generous outpouring of support of the general public, the project would not be possible."
If you are in the Trinity Conception area, and would like to donate to the Prom Dreams Project or look at items she may have, email Kara at email@example.com or call 709-582-2816.
Other organizations taking donations in the region include the Single Parents Association in Carbonear - 709-596-0783 - located at 27 Goff Avenue and the SPLASH Centre in Harbour Grace in the former Harbour Grace Primary school. They can be reached at 709-596-2400.