Mak­ing prom dreams come true

Green’s Har­bour woman col­lect­ing grad­u­a­tion dona­tions for those in need

The Compass - - OPINION - BYMELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

At­tend­ing the high school prom is ar­guably one of the most an­tic­i­pated events for girls in their teenage years.

The glam­our, the sparkles, the bright coloured dresses are some of the things many talk about lead­ing up to this mile­stone event.

Face­book groups and Instagram ac­counts are flooded with pho­tos of who is wear­ing what dress so two grad­u­ates don’t end up in the same one, with some cost­ing up­wards of $1,000.

For boys, a tuxedo must be pur­chased or rented.

But at­tend­ing prom may not be within ev­ery­one’s reach.

Not all th­ese teenagers come from fam­i­lies that can af­ford a gown, tuxedo shoes, purses or jew­elry. But they now have op­tions if they still want to at­tend the event.

Prom dreams

Sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Trinity Con­cep­tion area be­gan tak­ing dona­tions for prom and grad­u­a­tion at­tire in pre­vi­ous years.

Last year, Kara Crocker of Green’s Har­bour started one of those or­ga­ni­za­tions. She or­ga­nizes the Prom Dreams Project her­self, col­lect­ing dona­tions and of­fer­ing items to those who need them.

“I of­fer the op­por­tu­nity to any­one who wants to come and look at the dresses the chance to do so, and then what­ever I have left, I hand over to the Sin­gle Par­ents As­so­ciat i on ( of New­found­land and Labrador) dress dis­tri­bu­tion in St. John’s. Th­ese re­main­ing dresses are then given to peo­ple who also need them.”

The project blew up in pop­u­lar­ity right away, with Crocker re­ceiv­ing dona­tions well past grad­u­a­tions. Through­out the year, peo­ple con­tact her to do­nate items of all kinds.

But the project doesn’t just serve high school grad­u­ates. She also of­fers for­mal and semi-for­mal dresses for kinder­garten, Grade 6s and Grade 9s as well.

Serv­ing all who need it

Crocker may be the sole or­ga­nizer of the project, but any­one who is in her area is wel­come to con­tact her to see what she has or to drop off a do­na­tion.

“My door is open for girls and boys to come and look for some­thing for their spe­cial day.”

Some things she ac­cepts as dona­tions in­clude gowns, date dresses, dress shirts, tuxe­dos, suits, ties, hats and cuff links, new makeup, purses, shawls and gar­ment bags. All other dona­tions are also ac­cepted.

In ad­di­tion to cloth­ing col­lec­tions this year, Crocker has de­cided to ac­cept ad­di­tional spon­sors as well.

“I would like to let ev­ery­one know that this year we are ac­cept­ing busi­ness dona­tions of hair­dos, nails, makeup. We have some peo­ple come for­ward with (th­ese) dona­tions be­fore, so this year we started ac­cept­ing (them),” she said.

Crocker may run the project by her­self, but she has a lot of sup­port.

“A lot of peo­ple help me with this project, in­clud­ing my par­ents, ex­tended fam­ily and friends,” she ex­plained. “How­ever, with­out the gen­er­ous out­pour­ing of sup- port of the gen­eral public, the project would not be pos­si­ble.”

If you are in the Trinity Con­cep­tion area, and would like to do­nate to the Prom Dreams Project or look at items she may have, email Kara at karacrocker@live.ca or call 709-582-2816.

Other or­ga­ni­za­tions tak­ing dona­tions in the re­gion in­clude the Sin­gle Par­ents As­so­ci­a­tion in Car­bon­ear — 709-596-0783 — lo­cated at 27 Goff Av­enue and the SPLASH Cen­tre in Har­bour Grace in the for­mer Har­bour Grace Pri­mary school. They can be reached at 709-596-2400.

“My door is open for girls and

boys to come and look for some­thing for their spe­cial day.”

— Kara Crocker

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