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No dress? No stress. Helping girls enjoy prom one dress at a time

Posted By Jen Maxwell On April 14, 2010 @ 12:24 am In Features | Comments Disabled

For many girls prom is one of the most exciting days of their life. They begin preparing weeks beforehand trying to find a date, styling hair, figuring out makeup, and most importantly, picking out the perfect dress.
But for some teenage girls, finding the perfect dress that also fits into her price range proves to be an impossible task.

In order to insure that every girl has her dream dress, juniors Sammie Levin and Rachel Davidson collect and donate used prom dresses.

For their bat mitzvah charity project in seventh grade, Levin and Davidson wanted to do something together that incorporated clothes and fashion. They decided to collect used dresses because they wanted every girl to feel beautiful for that one special occasion.

They began to publicize their project with fliers around Newton, in their temples and the Newton Tab.
They told donors to leave the dresses at Holy Cleaners, where the dresses would be dry-cleaned for free. That year, the fifty dresses were donated and given to various Jewish families and children services.

“Over the years, we’ve collected more and more dresses because we have been able to spread more and more awareness about it, Davidson said.

As the girls grew so did their project. However over time the girls felt it would be more appropriate to shift their focus specifically to prom dresses.

“From talking to the people at the organization, we found that some girls felt embarrassed about not having a dress to go to prom in, and thus wouldn’t go, Davidson said.

“I feel that while it is a small thing, prom is a coming of age event, and everyone should get the chance to feel beautiful and proud on this big day.

To this day, they have collected more than 150 prom dresses and donated them to an organization called Becca’s Closet, a non-profit organization that distributes hundreds of donated dresses to girls who can not afford their own.

Davidson and Levin are big contributors to Becca’s Closet, and love to see how their donations are affecting the lives and hearts of so many teenagers.

“Rachel and I went with our moms last year to one of their locations in Plymouth to drop off a bunch of dresses, and they were very appreciative and we were able to see all of the dresses they get and provide. We are still collecting dresses now so if anyone has any dresses that they no longer have use for, there is someone out there that would treasure it! said Levin.

The girls continue to influence the lives of many girls throughout Massachusetts and love the satisfaction, experience, and result of the incredible process in which they are involved.

“Recently, a girl contacted me about using a prom dress that Sammie and I had collected. It felt pretty good to be able to direct her to a warehouse that would have about 1,000 dresses that she could choose from. She would get to have the same prom experience as anyone else, and she would get to feel beautiful on that night. I liked that thought, said Davidson.

Davidson and Levin love their involvement in this program, and the fact that they are touching the hearts of so many girls who no longer feel the stress of prom.

Prom should be a night filled with memories instead of regrets and sorrows. Davidson and Levin allow every girl look forward to her Prom instead of feeling insecure about finances.

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