Prom Closet

February 19-21, February 23, Smith Worship Center

Posted: 1/8/2019

Prom Closet changes lives by providing prom attire and accessories, free of charge, to girls around the region and state. Prom dreams come true as girls find their perfect look. Get involved by shopping, donating, or volunteering!

 

Donations

When | Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Donation drive is January 26-February 3

Where | St. Andrew, Room 133

Monetary Donations | Click here

Buy from Prom Closet Wish List on Amazon | Click here

Volunteering

Prom Closet relies on volunteers for various roles, including all levels of physical capability. Among the duties are check-in desk, dressing room assistants, and set-up crew members. Check back soon for a link to sign up for volunteer positions.

Shopper FAQ

What is it?
The 11th annual St. Andrew Prom Closet, run by the St. Andrew United Methodist Women, provides donated dresses from size 0-28 for prom. Additionally there are accessories to go with the dresses such as jewelry, shoes, handbags, and wraps. All of it is available at no cost. Only requirement is that each girl must be present to select her dress and accessories. There are currently 4,500 dresses to give away.

Who is this for?
This is open to any girl from anywhere.  If you live outside the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you can still come!  We have had girls from Arkansas, Longview, Waco, and Wichita Falls.

When is it?
Feb. 19, 20, 21, and 23. Hours are (Tuesday-Thursday) 4:00-8:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m.-noon

Why was it created?
Prom Closet was created to provide a unique shopping experience for young ladies who because of finances would be unable to attend prom. Prom Closet organizers and volunteers confirm that not only is the need great, but the impact the dress makes on the girl and her family is immeasurable.  

How does it work?
The room is set up like a boutique. Each girl will be greeted as she enters the room and directed to the dress racks for her size. Once she has selected her dress, she can try it on in one of our 20 dressing rooms. Then she visits the boutique to look for jewelry, shoes, a handbag and a wrap.

Where are the items from?
Community members, businesses, organizations, and local groups have donated dresses, shoes, wraps, jewelry, handbags, and other accessories for this annual event. Some dresses have never been worn.

How many have you served?
The first year, Prom Closet provided 35 dresses to local high school girls, and last year, 1,207 girls (from 76 different school districts and 204 schools) received dresses and accessories, all donated by community members, local groups, corporations, and businesses.    

Where do people need to go?
St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 1401 Mira Vista Drive, Plano, TX, 75093, in Smith Worship Center (this is on the far east side of the church, at the corner of Mira Vista and Plano Parkway).

What if people have questions?
Call the Prom Closet informational hotline at 469-385-1810, or email standrewpromcloset@gmail.com

Stories
  • The Waco Children’s Home made three separate trips to bring girls to the Prom Closet because the van could not hold everyone that wanted to come at one time. Every girl found a dress!
  • We served girls who reside at Samaritan Inn; a group of six foster teens brought in by a social worker; and three vans of Roosevelt High School girls brought in by ROTC instructors who were in need of gowns for the school’s Military Ball. The Prom Closet made a difference, lifting financial burdens, giving hope, and making dreams a reality.
  • A young lady who is now at the University of Texas on scholarship needed a dress for prom. A church member who was mentoring her told her about the Prom Closet. The young lady had been mentoring a special needs freshman boy at school and was able to take him to prom since she found a dress.
  • One family had been fretting over how they were going to afford everything for their daughter to attend her prom. They were watching the news and learned about Prom Closet.  The mother and daughter jumped in the car as soon as they saw the story. The father told them he would call and give them the directions so they could make it in time. The daughter found a dress and accessories and both were so appreciative and thankful.  
  • A young woman who had been nominated for prom queen could not afford a dress to attend. She found the perfect dress at the Prom Closet and had a night she will always treasure.
News Release/Media

Plano, TX –– St. Andrew United Methodist Church is hosting the 11th Annual Prom Closet, Feb. 19, 20, 21 (Tuesday-Thursday, 4-8 p.m.) and Feb. 23 (Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon), in the Smith Worship Center at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, 75093. (The Prom Closet is closed on Friday, Feb. 22.) Girls from anywhere in need of a prom dress are invited to come select a dress and accessories, all at no cost. This year there are 3,500 available dresses ranging in sizes from 0 to 28, many of which have never been worn. The only requirement is that girls must be present to select their dresses/accessories. Community members, businesses, organizations, and local groups donate dresses, and accessories for this annual event, organized and operated by The St. Andrew United Methodist Women. 

“Last year we served 1,207 shoppers from 76 school districts and 204 schools,” said Devra Helffrich, an original organizer of the Prom Closet. “Obviously, we could not do this without the support and donations from the community and our wonderful volunteers. We collect dresses, shoes, jewelry, wraps, handbags, and other accessories year ‘round, and we can’t thank the community enough for helping so many girls’ prom dreams come true. The Prom Closet has grown to be an extraordinary way to reach out and help the community.”

St. Andrew is asking the community to drop off donations of dresses and accessories such as jewelry, handbags, shoes, and wraps at the church in Room 133, Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Saturday 9-11 a.m. A link on Amazon is available for anyone that would like to help by purchasing items, which will be shipped directly to the church. To review items available for purchase, visit https://tinyurl.com/PromClosetWishList.

The Prom Closet was created to provide a unique shopping experience for young ladies who because of finances would be unable to attend prom. Prom Closet organizers and volunteers confirm that not only is the need great, but the impact the dress makes on the girl and her family is immeasurable. Email standrewpromcloset@gmail.com, or call 469-385-1810 for more information.

“Every year, the Prom Closet results in so many stories of appreciation from girls who received dresses, and many are quite unique,” added Helffrich. “This year the Prom Closet worked with a group of girls from the McKinney High School Girl Empowerment Program, a program which was created to help young ladies learn the art of being able to lift each other up instead of pulling each other down. Upon the completion of the program’s weekly projects during the school year, a ball is held to showcase their accomplishments and honor those who helped. The girls needed long dresses for the ball, and the Prom Closet volunteers worked with each girl to find the perfect dress.”

“We are all so appreciative of the Prom Closet and the wonderful ladies that not only helped the girls find a dress but also made them look and feel beautiful,” said Natasha Hayden, CIS Site Coordinator for McKinney High School. “The girls had to learn a waltz for the ball, where they were escorted by positive male role models including several members of the McKinney Police Department.  The Prom Closet was a wonderful example to the girls of what it means to be a team player.”

Area school counselors have received information on their campuses about the annual Prom Closet.  Students must be present to shop for selection of dress and accessories. Shopping will take place at the church, in the Smith Worship Center, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano. Park in the west parking lot off Plano Parkway. The church buildings are currently under renovation, so please look for the Prom Closet directional signs.

Contact
469-385-1810 | standrewumcpromcloset@gmail.com

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Media
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