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Triad charity collects prom dresses for needy girls

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GREENSBORO - Teens everywhere are starting the search for that perfect dress or tux for prom. For many in our area, that's not a reality but that's where local businesses want to help out.

“Everybody has the bridesmaid dresses, the prom dresses, all sorts of dresses that we're never going to wear again. We wore it once and put it away probably never going to wear them again, probably can't fit into them, so a little spring cleaning but for a good cause with 'Give a Girl a Gown',” 107.5 KZL personality Josie Cothran said.

It's a simple donation, organizers say will make a big difference for area teens. New and gently used gowns sold for a fraction of the cost.

“We give an opportunity to girls who wouldn't maybe even go to prom,” Cothran said, “because they're embarrassed because they can't afford a dress to wear an in style gorgeous prom dress to their prom.”

And prom dresses can be expensive. In some cases costing families more than $150 and that's why officials say sales like these are so important.

“And in today's economic climate, that's just not conducive to today's needs or wants. So what we do is say somebody, somebody and this case it was 107.5 and Swish, let's get together, let's get a bunch of prom dresses that probably cost someone $100 - $300 and let's sell them for $20 a piece,” Goodwill spokesperson Chris Gorham said.

But along with your donation, you get something back. A 15 percent off coupon to use at Swish.

You get that perfect dress, you feel so special and the night is magical. So that is what we are really trying to do at Swish and teaming up with our partners here and just really try to make dreams and wishes come true one dress at a time,” Swish Boutique owner Julie Tesh said.

Girls in need can purchase the gowns on April 1 starting at 9 a.m. at the Goodwill locations on Battleground Road and Wendover Avenue.

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