Prom Closet

2020 | February 18, 19, 20, 22

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!
 


Prom Closet is closed for 2020.

We are sorry if we miss you for shopping. At the end of Prom Closet, all of our items are put into storage and not accessible until the next year. Below is a list of other facilities that may be of service to help you find a beautiful dress for your dance.

We're All About the Dress
Janie Tillery-Wood
6242 Rufe Snow Drive, Suite 212
North Richland Hills. 
Janie's phone: 817-412-0727 | Email: dressyjanie@aol.com

Suncreek UMC in Allen
Project Prom
Janet Hunt
Director of Community Ministries, Suncreek United Methodist Church
972-390-1695

Stonebridge UMC in McKinney 
1800 S Stonebridge Dr, McKinney, TX 75070
972-529-5601

 
 
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Shopper FAQ

What is it?
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 4,000 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?
Prom Closet 2020 will be February 18-20 and 22. Hours are (Tuesday-Thursday) 4–8 p.m. and (Saturday) 9 a.m.–noon. Prom Closet is closed on Friday, February 21.

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 30 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, 1,339 girls from 251 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, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, TX, 75093 in Smith Worship Center (park in the west parking lot off Plano Parkway). Follow directional signs for parking, church entrance, and to find shopping area.

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

Donations

There are several different ways to make donations to support Prom Closet.

Donations of gently used or new dresses, shoes, and jewelry are currently accepted Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Room 133. Use Mira Vista Blvd. for parking and entrance into the building on the east side of campus. Please stop by the Receptionist desk when you arrive for directions to the room. Thank you for your generosity!

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.

In order to volunteer, you must complete a Consent to Background Check form. Follow the link below to complete the form online.

Consent to Background Check Form

Please contact Connie Robertson or Jimmy Decker if you have questions about Background Check.
 

Stories
  • On the first day of Prom Closet this year, we heard from a girl who lost her father weeks ago and found her dress here.  When she was told she could go pick out jewelry and other accessories, she said, “Instead of wearing a piece of jewelry, I plan to wear my dad’s necktie.”
  • The Methodist Children’s Home in Waco comes each year, and Student Event Coordinator Ashley Kendrick forwarded this note: “I just wanted to thank you and the rest of the staff who organized this year’s prom closet event! Our girls had so much fun, and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to attend such a fun event!! It was very evident that a lot of time and energy was invested in the event, and we were blown away by the organization and welcoming presence from the staff :). THANK YOU SO MUCH for reaching out and inviting us!!!!!”
  • Each year, First Sgt. Charles Paige of the Franklin D. Roosevelt High School JROTC drives girls to the Prom Closet to shop for the military ball. In 2019 he brought over 38. He says it energizes him as a teacher and that it’s not just a job for him, it’s a commitment.  He said the Prom Closet has had a major impact on motivating their cadets to attend the ball.  Each year the girls tell him how “the church’s Prom Closet makes everyone feel pretty – even if for one night. It is fun to shop for dresses without a price.”
  • Alexis Taylor traveled from Waco to select her dress. She said she chose the first one she put on and was grateful for the Prom Closet because it shows that people care for her and are looking out for her. It also helps her mother so she won’t have to spend a lot of money on her for prom. 
  • We had shoppers from as far away as Germany and Switzerland.  The two exchange students had only heard of prom in the movies before they came to the United States and were excited to each find a dress and experience prom. They both selected the first dress they tried on and were all smiles as they headed over to look at jewelry, shoes, and purses.
News Release/Media (2020)

PLANO, TEXAS – Feb. 10, 2020  – St. Andrew United Methodist Church is hosting the 12th Annual Prom Closet, Feb. 18, 19, 20 (Tues.-Thurs., 4-8 p.m.) and Feb. 22 (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. 21.) 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 3,534 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 1,339 shoppers from 251 schools,” said Devra Helffrich, an original organizer of the Prom Closet. “Obviously, we could not do this without the support of the community, church members, and volunteers, including all of those who donate to this annual program. 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. Every year we hear girls happily say, ‘Now I can go to my prom.’ The Prom Closet has grown to be an extraordinary way to reach out and help the community.”

Currently, the most needed donations are jewelry, handbags, shoes, and wraps, and dress sizes 0, 2, and 12 and above. They may be brought to Room 133, 1401 Mira Vista (east side of the church), Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 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, https://tinyurl.com/Promclosetlist 

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, the impact the dress makes on the girl and her family is immeasurable. 

“Every year, the Prom Closet results in so many stories of appreciation from girls who received dresses, and many are quite unique,” added Helffrich. “Last year the Prom Closet provided dresses and accessories to two exchange students from Germany and Switzerland. They had only heard of prom in the movies and were so excited to each find a dress and experience prom in the United States. Both selected the first dress they tried on, and were all smiles as they selected jewelry, shoes, and purses.”

Area school counselors have been provided information about the annual Prom Closet on their campuses.  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 UMC, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano. Please look for the Prom Closet directional signs.
Special thanks to our Prom Closet Partners:  Signature Garment Care for garment dress bags; and Market Street for food and water donations.

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

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Media
Prom Closet Promo VideoProm Closet Donation VideoProm Closet Photos

Inventory (as of February 10, 2020)

Dress count: 3,534, sizes 0–28
Shoe Count: 1,100 pairs, sizes children's 3–adult 12
Jewelry: 3,600 pieces
Handbags: 1,300

What to do when Prom Closet is closed?

We are sorry if we miss you for shopping. At the end of Prom Closet, all of our items are put into storage and not accessible until the next year. Below is a list of other facilities that may be of service to help you find a beautiful dress for your dance.

We're All About the Dress
Janie Tillery-Wood
6242 Rufe Snow Drive, Suite 212
North Richland Hills. 
Janie's phone: 817-412-0727 | Email: dressyjanie@aol.com

Suncreek UMC in Allen
Project Prom
Janet Hunt
Director of Community Ministries, Suncreek United Methodist Church
972-390-1695

Stonebridge UMC in McKinney 
1800 S Stonebridge Dr, McKinney, TX 75070
972-529-5601