Donated dresses make prom dreams come true across Indiana

Local program offers free clothes to teens in need

INDIANAPOLIS - A local program is making sure that no students miss out on their prom just because they can’t afford a dress.

Cinderella’s Closet collects donated dresses and accessories, giving students the opportunity to receive the prom dresses for free throughout all of Indiana.

The program was started by educator Pamela Dorner-Saxhaug in 2000 after a student told her she simply could not afford a gown.

“And she said I have a choice. I can either buy school books next year or I can go to prom. And I thought that wasn’t an option that a student needed to make,” Dorner-Saxhaug said.

More than 2,000 dresses are ready to be whisked off the rack.

Pashionate McCuin and Kieryn Bowman were searching for perfect prom dresses.

“I want it to be amazing, know what I mean, just different. People will turn their heads when I walk in the room,” Bowman said.

“I want it to be red and like fluttery, like this one sorta kinda, this dress. It could be the one,” McCuin said.

All a student needs is a note from a counselor or social worker verifying their need to get the prom attire for free. No one in need will be turned away.

Cinderella’s Closet is still accepting dresses and accessories that are current styles, larger sizes and boys formal wear.

Dresses and accessories can be dropped off at Broad Ripple Magnet High School .

Contact the school for information on how to receive a free dress.

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