Share the Dress

Woman makes prom dresses avail­able to lo­cal girls

The Covington News - - Front page - By Chris Queen news@cov­

Proms were al­ways spe­cial for Mi­randa Ta­maska.

Now, she and a few friends are work­ing to­gether to make prom af­ford­able for Newton County teens in need of a for­mal dress for the big night.

Ta­maska and friends have be­gun a pro­gram called Share the Dress. They will col­lect gen­tlyused prom dresses that will be given to girls who could not oth­er­wise af­ford a nice dress. They will be col­lect­ing dresses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Satur­day at Cen­tral Com­mu­nity Church, 11157 City Pond Road.

“The idea re­ally just came to me one day af­ter I had stored about six of my own prom dresses in my base­ment,” said Ta­maska. “I could re­mem­ber shop­ping for the dresses and the amount of my money my par­ents had paid for them. I be­gan think­ing that surely there was some­one who could use my dresses, but I had no idea of how to get it into some­one’s hands.”

She en­listed friends Jamie Far­ley, Melissa Kitchens and Kris­tine Gosse to help. Ac­cord­ing to Ta­maska, the goal of Share the Dress is to help young women en­joy their prom night with­out fi­nan­cial hard­ship.

“Share the Dress wants to make sure ev­ery ju­nior and se­nior girl within Rock­dale and Newton coun­ties who for what­ever rea­son can­not af­ford a dress of their own, re­ceives one for prom

ab­so­lutely free,” said Ta­maska. “We want to help cre­ate mem­o­ries that will last a life­time.”

The women have col­lected about 100 dresses and have a goal of 300 for­mals.

For Satur­day, Ta­maska is ask­ing for do­na­tions of dresses less than 10 years old that are gen­tly used and free of stains. She said that the team can take care of any wrin­kles and “bring­ing the dresses back to life.”

Teens in need of dresses can pick them up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Golden Ra­zor Academy in Cov­ing­ton, or from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 2 at Cen­tral Com­mu­nity Church. Girls can try on var­i­ous dresses be­fore they make a fi­nal de­ci­sion, and limited al­ter­ations, such as hem­ming, will be avail­able at the events.

The Dress team is ex­cited about help­ing girls in the com­mu­nity.

“I feel like most peo­ple want to help oth­ers; many times they just need an area to give,” said Ta­maska. “Share the Dress wants to give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to give into the lives of teenage girls. To­gether we can make this hap­pen.”

Chris Queen/The Cov­ing­ton News

Danc­ing queens: Jamie Far­ley, Melissa Kitchens and Mi­randa Ta­maska col­lect old prom dresses to give to young women in the com­mu­nity to use on their own spe­cial night. They will be ac­cept­ing do­na­tions this Satur­day at Cen­tral Com­mu­nity Church.

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