Donate Your Dresses


Families across the country are facing tough economic times and many teens in San Diego County are struggling with the high cost of attending high school formals, such as the senior prom.  The El Cajon and Vista libraries are currently collecting new and gently used formal gowns, shoes, and accessories to benefit local youth.  These donated items will be matched with a local student in need at Gown Giveaway events taking place from 1 – 4 p.m. on April 16 at the El Cajon Library, 201 E Douglas Ave, and April 30 at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave.

Dresses must be in pristine condition, purchased within the last five years, and preferably be on a hanger or in a dry cleaning bag.  Both libraries are also accepting donations of formal shoes and accessories that are in good condition.  Local students, grades 9 through 12, can sign up to be recipients in the Gown Giveaway events by calling the branch or visiting in person.  The El Cajon Library event will also include free makeovers, dance lessons, and a free raffle for prom-related services.

“I’m really excited about the Gown Giveaway because I’ll have the opportunity to get a dress I would not have been able to otherwise,” said teen volunteer Mariah Moschetti, pictured in one of this year’s donated dresses.

For more information, contact the El Cajon Library at (619) 588-3718 or the Vista Library at (760) 643-5100.

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