Because each year many Lincoln County girls are unable to afford a dress and matching accessories for prom, one of the most highly anticipated nights of their high school career, one local nonprofit continues to help their dreams come true.
Since 2006, United Way of Lincoln County has been collecting prom dresses and a variety of related items including jewelry, shoes and purses.
Every year, teen girls flock to the facility to pick out a dress they never thought they would have.
The organization has been receiving dress donations from the community since December, Executive Director Kathy Vinzant said.
She spread the word about the dress drive by contacting area high schools and placing posters throughout each of the educational facilities.
The United Way Teen Board, formed in 2007, oversees the annual project, and handed out over 40 dresses at last year’s special giveaway event in April.
Dresses that are left over from year-to-year remain at United Way to be potentially donated the following year.
More than 15 are currently available in a variety of colors and styles including floor and knee-length and ones with or without straps.
Vinzant’s favorite part of prom season has always been capturing the smiles and animation on girls’ faces as they enter the facility and weed through the options.
“It’s so exciting to see them try on,” she said.
The nonprofit doesn’t wait until prom season to hand out dresses; Vinzant said they are always available to anyone in the community.
Nonprofit officials will accept any new or used dress as long as the item has no tears or stains.
Individuals may donate or pick up items 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the United Way office, located at 100 East Main Street in Lincolnton.
For more information, call (704) 732-8055.