JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – A local group is seeking prom dresses to be donated to those in need. Giving those who may not usually have access to dresses the opportunity to attend prom.
Arise Chautauqua, A local non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young women, has joined forces with Collaborative Children’s Solutions in hopes of collecting an abundance of dresses, shoes, and accessories to give away at no cost to those who are in need.
“We wanna be the people that are cheering the girls in our community on and we know a lot of girls don’t have that and so we’re so excited that we get to be that,” explained Co-Founder of Arise Chautauqua Kaylie Lindstrom.
On top of creating opportunities such as the dress drive, the organization really strives for one thing.
“Arise is a non-for-profit that we’ve formed here in Chautauqua County with an underlying goal, and when we say underlying it’s a really important piece of the story, to prevent abuse and human trafficking and other types of exploitation,” said Co-Founder of Arise Chautauqua Jessica McKeever.
The idea arose after speaking with owner of Collaborative Children’s Solutions Patrick Smeraldo about the second annual ‘Ladies Galla’.
“When we were talking about getting all dressed up, us adult women going and getting all dressed up, it came up that there is a pretty big, significant need for prom dresses for the girls in our community to make it possible for all girls who want to attend prom to go because they have access to dresses and shoes and accessories and those kinds of things,” said McKeever.
Collection efforts started February first and will continue until April first.
“Donations for dresses, accessories, shoes, are being collected at all of the Northwest Bank locations in the Jamestown Area,” McKeever said.
Once donations have been collected, Arise Chautauqua and Collaborative Children’s Solutions will be distributing the dresses at the Northwest Ice Arena on April 22nd starting at 11am and running until 1pm.