“But you’ll never wear it again!” My mom practically whined these words to me every time I wanted the perfect dress for prom or homecoming. But like most other high school girls, I still got the dress, wore it, and then stuffed it in the back of my closet along with my WAY too poofy freshman year homecoming dress.
Now in college, I’ve got a closet full of old tulle-ridden dresses, twenty more pounds that wouldn’t fit into the dresses anyway, and a mom saying “I told you so.” The solution: donate them. Donate them to Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Why? Because ADPi donates them back to high school students. Imagine girls sick of staring at their old dresses, then taking them to a sorority house and simply dropping them off. Then imagine the dresses being used in a huge ‘dress drive,’ where the dresses are put on display and selected by high school girls for their own dances. Here’s the best part: these dresses are free. No Dillard’s, Jessica McClintock, or alteration costs from Internet purchases.
“We started it in time for prom last year,” says Kendall Walz, who heads the project. “It was a success, so we decided to do it again, we already have over 150 dresses for this year’s dances.” The sorority works through the charity organization Becca’s Closet. Becca’s Closet helps organizations collect dresses and arrange these free dress drives.
Last year, Alpha Delta Pi’s dress drive was at the Columbia’s armory, and is likely to be there again. The drive includes all three of Columbia’s high schools and can even bring the dresses back again after they are worn for the dance.
o How to donate
• Drop dresses off at Alpha Delta Pi sorority house
• Mail the dresses in to 809 Richmond, Columbia, Mo 13126
• Contact Kendall Walz at firstname.lastname@example.org for pick up
o What is needed
• All sizes, especially 12 and up
• All styles
• All lengths