Esther’s Closet helps provide free prom dresses, shoes for young women in need

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NEW HOPE, Ala. (WHNT) - Prom season is here and one local ministry is working to make sure young women who want to attend have the chance.

Esther's Closet is part of the CARE Center, a ministry offering crisis intervention and other services in the New Hope area of Madison County.

It was started in 2010 by a group of high school girls at Cove United Methodist Church.

Esther's Closet provides gently used prom dresses, shoes and jewelry to high school girls in need.  Everything is free.

The girls are invited to "shop" for their perfect outfit at New Hope High School, where the donated gowns are kept.

Melissa Layne is in charge of the outreach and says, "it's just about giving them a little bit of hope (during a time) that may hard for them."

Volunteers are also available to provide free hair styling and makeup for the event, as well as corsages and boutonnieres.

Layne says this year there is a special need for updated prom dresses, particularly those sizes 16 and up.

Monetary donations to cover the cost of dry cleaning and other needs are also appreciated.

Donations are accepted at the CARE Center, which is located at 5439 Main Drive in New Hope.

The number is (256) 723-2273.

Also, while Esther's Closet primarily serves high school students in the New Hope area, any young woman in Madison County with a need for a prom dress is encouraged to call.