People can donate dresses now until Feb. 21. Drop-off locations are at North Miami and Peru high schools, and St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, 30 W. 7th St., Peru.
Monnot encouraged anyone who has an extra formal dress lying around to donate it to the project.
“If you’re cleaning out your closet, you may have a dress you haven’t used forever, and you could help a girl make a wonderful memory and have a dream prom,” she said.
Boutique Day will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at St. Charles Borromeo School, 80 W. 5th St., Peru. Girls should bring a pair of heels for trying on dresses, and bring no more than one female guest. Children are not allowed.
Monnot said businesses can help by donating services like hair-styling, tanning, dinner, or anything else that would help defray the cost of prom for girls in difficult circumstances.
Gornto said she’s always amazed at how many girls show up and take advantage of the Fairy Godmother Project of Miami County. By the end of Boutique Day this year, she said she hopes all the dresses have gone to girls ready for a great night at prom.
“With each year, we’ve helped a few more girls as the word has gotten out and people start to expect this,” she said. “As long as the need is here, and we have girls willing to step up to the plate, we’ll continue to be here.”
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