Sunday, March 01, 2009

Carithers Reaches Out to Help Teens Find "The Ideal Dress"

The Ideal Dress is an outreach that Alicia Carithers started through her Senior Bible class at Landmark Christian School. Alicia’s Senior Bible Project was inspired by an existing organization that serves teenage girls in the community. The outreach is for girls who are unable to purchase a dress for prom because of financial reasons. Alicia has been collecting dresses and accessories like shoes, jewelry, and purses. The Ideal Dress is located an unused Landmark classroom, which was renovated to serve as a dress shop boutique.

The Ideal Dress seeks to give girls the chance to attend their school’s prom. There has been a great response from the High School counselors in the community. With your help we can give the girls in our community the opportunity to enjoy their prom night and the events leading up to it.

So far Alicia has collected over 100 dresses surpassing the initial goal of 75. Girls who will receive these dresses are appointed by their school counselor to verify they are in financial need or they are a part of the foster care system. When Girls come in for their personal appointment they will be able to have a complete dress shopping experience; looking through the dresses and accessories, and then trying them on . The Ideal Dress provides girls the fun of shopping for that special prom dress.

All of the items at the Ideal Dress are for the girls to have free of charge. People from the community have also graciously offered their skills and talents by providing free hair and makeup on the day of their prom. A local florist has also offered free boutonniere coupons for some of the girls.

The Ideal Dress could still use your donations. If you would like to make a donation the following items are still needed: clean, in style, and lightly used short or long formal dresses, formal shoes, jewelry, purses, and any other accessories that would complete a prom night. Florists or drycleaners who would like to donate their services will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions you can contact Alicia Carithers at
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