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Library's 'Fairy Tale Closet' Gives Prom Dresses to High School Girls

When they found out some students weren't going to prom because they couldn't afford a dress, they stepped up to help.


Trying on gowns for the prom is a rite of passage for most teenagers. But the dresses can be pretty pricey.

That's why the Dallas Public Library has started to give away hundreds of free prom dresses to high school students. The project, called the "Fairy Tale Closet," helps cut the cost for families who may not have the funds in their budget for a designer dress. The dresses offered are completely free and come in a variety of sizes, colors and styles.

The library holds giveaway events in the spring when students in grades 9-12 can come and try on dresses, shoes and accessories. Personal shoppers are even available to help students find the gown of their dreams.

The library receives donations of new and gently used gowns from all over the Dallas metro area. This will be the sixth year that the Fairy Tale Closet has been open to the public.

"I was a little nervous we wouldn't collect enough dresses for two events, but I've been blown away by the generosity of people in Dallas," Melissa Dease, the library's Communications and Youth Services Administrator, told CBSDFW-TV . "Instead of not enough dresses, I don't have enough racks to hold them."

There were a few changes made to the closet this year to accommodate LGBTQ+ students who may want to ditch the frills and sequins for something a bit more comfortable.

"This year we've added a few jackets and suits for those who eschew ball gowns and a second event for any LGBTQ+ teens who may not be comfortable with the initial giveaway," Dease said.

The Fairy Tale Closet draws a pretty big crowd of girls who want to be fashionable, yet thrifty, with their gown purchases.

At the last event, high school senior Daisy Devora found a soft pink gown that fit like a glove.

"I would rather spend the money at college, rather than on a dress that I'll wear one time." - Daisy Devora

Along with individual donations, DPL receives contributions from organizations like St. Luke Community United Methodist Church and Neiman Marcus.

If you're interested in donating to, or volunteering for, the Fairy Tale Closet in Dallas, you can contact Melissa Dease at (214) 670-7850.

There may be a library in your community that offers a similar type of donation closet. And if not, why not try and start one? Let's work together to #StartSomethingGood

(Source: images Dallas Public Library Facebook )

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