Prom-Dress Giveaway Brings Out Large Crowd

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By Morgan Hightower

A girl's checklist for prom typically consists of “shoes and accessories,” and “...nails, hair and toes.. And jewelry basically.”

And then, there's the dress.

“It's very important,” said one girl.

Knowing that, having been to a few proms herself, Taylor Bryant started the prom-dress giveaway.

“When I was in high school I went to five proms,” Bryant recalls.

Its event that once had only 100 dresses now has upwards of 1000.

“People start putting dresses aside, knowing they can donate them, and then young ladies tend to wait and come in to find something, and many young ladies are finding stuff they really like,” Bryant said.

Ladies like Ciera, who drove more than two hours to pick out a dress.

“We were the first five in line,” she said.

Then there’s Brittney Yelder, who took home the perfect little black dress.

“I went in and tried on two dresses, and this was the pick.”

Others knew at the first look what dress would be theirs but then there were the girls who searched rack, after rack, and tried on dress after dress.

“I tried on four dresses but I think this is it!”

For Taylor, seeing all the girls finding what they want, it “makes my heart smile. A mother came up to me and said, ‘are you Taylor Bryant and she said may I please hug you, because we didn't have stuff like this when I was growing up and we need this,’ there was another who said ‘I have five children, and 4 are still in school, and we needed this.’ So you can see the relief of the girls when they get that dress."

After all, it's never just a dress.

Because of the increase in donations, the prom-dress giveaway had to be held at a bigger venue.

This year, it was at Alabama State University’s Acadome.

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