Nova Scotia

Prom dress donations pour in for grads on a budget

A community group in Sydney Mines gathering prom dresses for graduates in need says it's been overwhelmed with donations.

More than 80 dresses donated to Community Cares in Sydney Mines

More than 80 dresses were donated to Community Cares in Sydney Mines. (Joan Weeks/CBC)

A community group in Sydney Mines gathering prom dresses for graduates in need says it's been overwhelmed with donations.

Niki MacLean, an outreach worker with Community Cares Youth Outreach in Sydney Mines, said more than 80 dresses were donated in all styles, colours, shapes and sizes.

"We actually had a huge boom," she told CBC News.

"We had a couple of shipments from Ontario. We had a couple from Shubenacadie and New Brunswick. It was a huge hit."

Models get ready before a fashion show at Community Cares showcasing donated dresses. (Joan Weeks/CBC)

MacLean helped organize the 'Say Yes to the Prom Dress' project, which culminated in a fashion show at Community Cares on Thursday night.

She said she knew girls who were not going to their proms because they couldn't afford dresses — and she's been amazed at the response from the public.

MacLean said about 15 girls have picked out donates dresses so far.

"I've actually seen girls come to tears," she said.

"Of course, once they start with the tears, you start with the tears."

Stephanie Pachok, from Sydney, donated two dresses — one that she wore for a princess pageant in high school and a prom dress.

"I thought it might be a good place for my dresses to have a second life and a second go round," she said.

The girls who borrow dresses are asked to return them so Community Cares can do the same thing for other graduating students next prom season.

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