Though my blog usually focuses on vintage fashion topics, today I wanted to veer away from the subject a bit to tell you about a charity that provides free gowns to high school girls who are not able to attend prom because their family financial circumstances make it impossible to afford a dress.
This past Saturday I drove down to the Festival Flea Market Mall in Pompano Beach, Florida and dropped off about 40 brand new gowns at Becca’s Closet. This is my second year donating dresses to them. And I wanted to spread the word about this organization and the wonderful people behind it.
The idea for Becca’s Closet arose from a horrible tragedy. Founders Pam and Jay Kirtman lost their 16 year old daughter, Rebecca, in a car accident in 2003. In her freshman year Rebecca had started a prom dress drive because she felt strongly that no one should miss such an important event because they couldn’t afford a dress. In the spring of her sophomore year she collected and donated over 250 dresses. In memory of their daughter, and her kindness and generosity, the Kirtman’s wanted to continue with her vision. So they started a charity in her name, Becca’s Closet. Years later it has expanded, with chapters opening around the country.
One of the things I love about bringing gowns there, aside from knowing I’m helping someone in need, is I also get to see girls choosing their dresses. It’s fun to watch their excitement, knowing they’re going to get to go to prom. Often with charitable donations you drop things off or send money and you never see or meet the people you’ve contributed to helping. When I donate to Becca’s Closet, it’s a more personal experience. It is truly heartwarming to see how appreciative the girls are.
So if you or someone in your family has formal gowns or dresses that are just hanging in your closet, then consider donating to Becca’s Closet. They have chapters all over the United States and you can certainly mail them dresses, if you can’t drive to a local chapter. It’s a great way to help someone less fortunate get to enjoy their prom.