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Free Prom Dresses For Girls in Need

Becca's Closet to be held Saturday & Sunday

STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Prom is supposed to be an unforgettable night, but it could also be an expensive one. Dresses can cost hundreds of dollars, forcing some girls to skip out on their big event. At Becca's Closet, good deeds fill those prom needs.

Sophomore Taryn Silvernale dreams of one going to prom.

"The anticipation is huge," smiles Silvernale, Becca's Closet coordinator/Stroudsburg High School student.

Until her time comes, she wants to help make it a magical night for others.

"I really love the look on people's faces when they find a dress that fits them. It's like when you see people say yes to the dress. They find that one and they're like oh my gosh, it works!" she explains.

This is Becca's Closet, where girls who can't afford to buy a dress can pick one out for free. Donations come from the community, prom dress manufacturers, and local businesses.

"Seeing the kids dressed up and they get so excited. It's just a nice transition into adulthood," says Monica Calemmo, Becca's Closet faculty advisor.

There's hundreds of dresses to chose from in a variety of colors and sizes. Many are brand new and still have the tags attached.

"They are amazing!" Calemmo adds.

This initiative began with a Florida high schooler named Becca Kirtman. She saw a huge need during prom season, and launched a successful dress drive.

In 2003, Becca died in a car crash. Her parents started Becca's Closet in her honor. It's grown into a national event with local chapters.

"People like me run them and keep the legacy going," Silvernale smiles.

Full racks, helping to lighten the load for many.

Becca's Closet was supposed to start Friday, but it was canceled due to school closures.

The event will run Saturday from 10 am - 7 pm and Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm in the Stroudsburg High School cafeteria. This is open to girls who attend a Monroe County school district.


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