WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Sometimes, all it takes is a new dress to make a girl feel special especially when she's heading to homecoming or the prom.
But, in today's economy, many families are struggling to purchase even the necessities. A South Florida organization is stepping in to help by collecting slightly used dresses for teens in need.
Lindsay is wearing her Sachly a Lily Ruben dress she wore once to a wedding not too long ago, and, now, it's going to have a new life after her broadcast on Fox 29 with the help of folks at Becca's Closet, a local organization that has spread out across the globe to help teenagers in need especially around homecoming and prom.
"Becca's Closet was started by Rebecca Kirtman, when she was a freshman in high school. Rebecca single handedly collected 250 dresses for needy girls. Tragically, she passed away in a car accident, and we continue this in her memory. We've got about 25,000 gowns now in 31 states. And we want to grow to 100,000 dresses in 50 states," says her father.
Homecoming and prom is when the most help is needed. "Well, obviously, in this tough economic conditions that we're in right now, it's really hard for families to pay those few hundred dollars just for a prom dress or homecoming dress. So, we're looking for new and gently worn dresses that are current styles for girls that want to attend their homecoming and proms in style.
"Simply, the requirements are: You must be a high school student, have a current student ID card or a copy of your current schedule, go on the Web site and make an appointment, and we'll be happy to take care of you."