Rescue Prom gives local girls free proms dresses
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - The city of Chattanooga and Rescue Prom teamed up to make the dream of going to prom a reality for local girls who might not have been able to afford a dress.
The event started after the devastating April 27th tornadoes in 2011. Volunteers plan to keep it going for years to come. Saturday, hundreds of girls had their princess moment.
"We have around 3,000 dresses. We're actually working off the first donation two years ago with the tornadoes and of course we've collected 100 or so each year," Rescue Prom Chapter Leader Crystal Cadieux said.
"I actually had a friend during the first tornadoes, her dress was hanging out of her apartment window in shreds and it made me want to be able to help get dresses for the girls," volunteer Rachyl Cartwright said.
"It was shocking to see all these dresses in here," Tyner High School student Tamia Hill said.
"Prom dresses are really expensive these days so I think that finding a prom dress here, especially free when I saw the ad I was like oh gosh," Hixson High School student Mckayla Blackstone said.
"A lot of girls don't get to go to prom solely because they can't afford the dress and prom is the essential high school moment," Cartwright said.
"I tried on a few and tried on this one and it fit perfectly and I just knew this had to be the one," Blackstone said.
"It's a corset and kind of a peach color. I got this color because I mean, I don't think anybody that's going to the prom is going to have this color," Hill said.
"For us to see the girls just light up and even tears of joy of finding that perfect dress and it happens to every girl that comes in here, it's amazing," Cadieux said.
Rescue Prom says they've received requests from boys for help with tuxedo rentals. They plan to have a fundraising event next weekend.
If you want to help, email email@example.com or call Crystal at 423-298-4246.