With the high school prom season on its way this spring, the Princess Project is partnering with Stoneridge Shopping Center through today to collect new or lightly used gowns and accessories for teens that otherwise can't afford them.
"Every teen deserves to feel special at prom regardless of their family's financial means," said Stoneridge Shopping Center Director of Marketing and Business Development Betsy Edwards.
"We love being able to offer shoppers the opportunity to shop and donate items to the Princess Project, which has made prom possible for so many teens," she added.
The Princess Project will also accept monetary donations, perfect for shoppers on a time crunch. Just $20 will support a teen's dance experience.
Donations of dresses, footwear and accessories can be dropped off at Guest Services on the Mall's lower level adjacent to the glass elevator. Dresses should be dry-cleaned and on a hanger.
The Princess Project began in 2002 when a high school girl in a youth leadership program happened to mention to staff members that lots of girls can't go to their proms because they don't have the money to buy a dress or accessories.
The women realized that they and many of their friends had dresses from parties, their daughters' proms and weddings that they would be glad to donate. The Princess Project, run entirely by volunteers, was born. It now helps about 4,000 girls each year at its giveaways.
To learn more, visit www.princessproject.org/