NEW PALESTINE (Feb. 13, 2015) - A salon in New Palestine called Studio 52 started collecting prom dresses that were typically worn once and never used again.
Those dresses were then sold for a fraction of their original price so people could afford to go to prom.
“I was always hearing parents say, we have to pay for a dress, nails, and hair, it can be so expensive, so we started collecting dresses eight years ago,” said Wendy Parish with Eva's Bridal Giveaway.
But now that prom dress giveaway has expanded to bridal gowns, tuxedos and formal wear. All the items are housed at Doe Creek Middle School.
“I've already had one situation where a family came in. A mother and daughter told me they got five or six bridesmaid dresses for under $200! They were very appreciative,” said Doe Creek Middle School Principal Jim Voelz.
The clothes giveaway is now called "Eva's Bridal Giveaway." It's named after Eva Smalley, who went to Haiti with One World Mission to help build Homes for Haiti because of her love for God. Seven weeks after returning home, she died in a car accident. Now, 75% of the proceeds of the dress sale go to building a new church that will also be used as a school in Haiti, with 25% going to Doe Creek Middle School.
“It just makes sense to do it here at Doe Creek Middle School because a large part of the money is going to Eva Smalley's 'Homes for Haiti.' Eva was an awesome PTO parent," said Voelz. "She was very active and was always trying to find a way to make money for the school. And that was several years ago, and here she is, even though she's not with us, she's making money for the schools, which I think is awesome.”
The formal wear sale is on a day of love--Saturday on Valentine's Day at Doe Creek, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bridesmaid and prom dresses are $25. The wedding gowns are $100. Tuxedos cost $50.
If people can't afford the cost of the clothes, Wendy says, don't let that stop you from stopping by and picking one up.