Guntersville group hopes to help ease prom expenses

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Guntersville High School staff and Board Members of the Salvation Army of Marshall County have come together to gather prom dresses and formal wear for students. Prom can be an expensive night, but it’s an important rite of passage organizers want all students to experience.

Cheri Williams teaches Family and Consumer Sciences and says oftentimes, families don't think about the expenses until it's too late.

"It’s your senior year, do you really want your child not to be able to go? And we want this to be something that doesn’t stop them. This is an outlet and an avenue for them to get that dress, and that’s just one less thing for mom and dad to have to worry about," said Williams.

The dresses are donated by boutiques, overstocks, and individuals, and will be provided to the students free of charge.

"These dresses have only been worn, most of them one time, and some of them still have the tags on it, so they’re going to be really nice dresses for anybody that needs one," says Salvation Army Board Secretary Lynn Hembree.

The dresses will be displayed in a fashion show at the end of February. It is being organized by students and will feature students, providing an anonymous platform for girls to shop for potential dresses.

"They can come in and say this is the dress I like, may I try it on, and it can be given to them, and nobody is none the wiser," added Williams.

If you would like to donate a prom dress, you can bring it to the Guntersville High School Guidance office or the Salvation Army of Marshall County. Organizers say they have close to 30 dresses, and are hoping for at least 40 more.

Organizers hope for this project to grow large enough to assist high school students county-wide.

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