Join St. Andrew Methodist Church for its 15th Annual Prom Closet on February 20 to 22, and Feb. 26 to March 2. High school girls in need of a prom dress are invited to come select a dress and accessories, all at no cost.
"Not only is the need great, but the impact the dress makes on the girl and her family is immeasurable," said Devra Helffrich, founder of the Prom Closet. "Each volunteer strives to provide an uplifting experience for the young ladies letting them know they are loved, and they are beautiful.”
Prom Closet, a service of the St. Andrew Methodist Women, provides prom attire to approximately 1,000 high school girls each year. When it first began in 2009, 35 girls from local high schools received dresses and accessories. In 2023, 1,060 girls received dresses and accessories. Over the years, Prom Closet has welcomed girls from across Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma as well as exchange students from Germany, Poland, Switzerland and Thailand. Approximately 500 volunteers come together each year to help make prom dreams come true.
The Prom Closet is accepting donations of dresses (sizes 0-30), jewelry, shoes, handbags and wraps. All donations may be dropped off at St. Andrew, 1401 Mira Vista Blvd., just inside the church’s north entry doors on a designated dress rack, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. For the north entrance, look for the covered walkway and sign on the building. An Amazon wishlist is available for anyone that would like to help by purchasing items, which will be shipped directly to the church.
“What I love most about St. Andrew’s annual Prom Closet is the absolute joy that it brings to the lives of so many,” said Senior Pastor Rev. Arthur Jones. “This program is about so much more than just providing dresses or accessories. For many, it’s about hope and discovering there are people who care. The St. Andrew Women work on this program year-round because they know its impact.”
Online registration for prom-goers opens Jan. 22. Appointments are required to improve the overall shopping experience and minimize wait times for the shoppers. Each shopper must be present to select her own dress and accessories and may have one guest, age 16 or older. A personal shopper volunteer assists each shopper throughout the process. There are 35 shopping slots per each 1.5-hour time frame.