For more than 10 years, the Brunswick County Prom Cupboard has brought joy to hundreds of students.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Prom season is a classic rite of passage for teenagers, but for many, being able to afford the perfect dress or tuxedo can be stressful.
South Brunswick High School held its annual prom on Thursday night, and with an incredible turnout, hundreds of students were able to find the perfect outfit for their big night.
For more than 10 years, the Brunswick County Prom Closet has brought joy to hundreds of students thanks to generous donations from previous students and the community.
The event was open to all Braunschweig County students looking for prom dresses, 8th grade prom dresses, tuxedos, suits and accessories.
All clothing was free for students and there were volunteer seamstresses who did any alterations needed free of charge.
Among the tuxedos, gowns, dresses and suits were also handbags, jewelry, shoes and ties.
Many of the students we spoke to said they were grateful for their graduation closet.
“I’m really excited to have this at my school because some schools don’t have it,” said student Kirsten Dowless, “I feel like it’s good for my community.”
Students say it’s a magical moment to find something they really enjoy.
Isabella Barton was amazed at the options she had: “I didn’t expect to come here and find a dress… so I’m really glad I found two!”
Parents are also happy that their teens can enjoy the experience and find something they love without breaking the bank.
“It’s great that the community has come together and is helping some kids, students who aren’t fortunate (enough) to go and buy these $200-$300 dresses,” says mother Minerva Davis, “I wish there was something like this when I went to school, you know, because we didn’t have anything like that.’
Students have the option to return the clothing when they are finished with it, but this is not required.
Brunswick County’s ‘Prom Closet’ provides free prom clothing for students
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