Volunteer Spirit: Gently used dresses provide affordable prom and school supplies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Volunteers with "Give Haiti Hope" and the "Haiti Outreach Program" are collecting your gently used formal gowns and cocktail dresses.

Collection boxes are now set up at all Prestige Cleaners.

Jennifer Neil of the Haiti Outreach Program says "Prestige cleans them free of charge and then we have a fashion show, and then the dresses are sold at crazy low prices so girls in Knoxville can afford prom."

Prices as low as $25 dollars a dress!

Last year the two groups collected 800 dresses, and the dress sale brought in close to $10,000.

Money from this spring's dress sale will buy supplies, like desks, books and chalkboards for a secondary school in Haiti.

Maggie Sharbel a volunteer with Give Haiti Hope says, "It's incredible to see someone smiling over the smallest things in life. We have so much here, and take it for granted, they over there have nothing. And, giving back, that is an incredible feeling."

This year they are hoping to get even more dresses donated, and sold. And with your volunteer spirit, it's a win win for everyone involved.

Neil says, "We get clean closets, the girls in Knoxville can afford great dresses for their formals at UT and the prom and the kids in Haiti get to have school supplies."


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