DC students help those who need a prom dress

Donations can be made to Project Prom November 25th and 26th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Donations can be made to Project Prom November 25th and 26th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It might not be prom season yet, but there is always a time to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Students at DC-UOIT who have said goodbye to their prom and semi-formal days have a chance to part ways with their dresses for a good cause.

Students in the Special Events Planning program at Durham College are hosting a donation drive next month called Project Prom. Project Prom is an event that accepts the donations of previously-owned dresses from those who have already experienced their prom days or from those who are looking to get rid of any formal dress. These donations provide dresses for less fortunate girls who wish to attend their prom, but may not be able to afford the high expenses.

Taylor Felix, a second year student at the Centre for Food, is one of the hosts for the event and says this is the first time that the program has hosted an event like Project Prom.

“Our inspiration is the girls in the community and we wanted to do a girl empowerment project,” says Felix. “Project Prom is a way to give back and help the less fortunate in our community.”

Felix says that the Special Events program group will be teaming up with the Durham Regional Police, who just earlier this year held an event called Gowns for Girls, which was the same idea as Project Prom.

The Special Events Planning program has collected a number of prizes for this initial event. All you have to do to be entered is donate a dress to the Project Prom Donation Drive. The more dresses you donate, the more entries you will have to qualify for prizes.

“You get a chance to win with each dress you donate. We are currently looking into getting more prizes, but our main prize right now is Oshawa Generals tickets,” says Felix.

To donate, the Project Prom Donation Drive can be found on November 25th at the DC Whitby Campus across from Tim Hortons and on November 26th at the DC Oshawa campus across from the computer commons, both from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information on Project Prom, contact the student group by email at projectpromdurham@outlook.com or at their Twitter account @projectpromDC.