Howard Payne University students offer donated promenade dresses

  • In this Mar 23, 2018 photo, Daimia Partin takes a design of a dress for her sister Savannah during Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, as her 3 year-old son Barrett watches. Partin was looking during promenade dresses for her sister, a sophomore during Priddy High School. HPU's Social Work Club sponsors a Cinderella Project any spring, that creates slightly-used promenade dresses accessible to high propagandize girls during no cost. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News around AP) Photo: Ronald W. Erdrich, AP / Abilene Reporter-News

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BROWNWOOD, Texas (AP) — At $500 a frock, “one-and-done” sounds unpleasant when practical to a promenade dress. But for many girls, that’s accurately what it comes down to.

“My mom had 7 kids” Sierra Spruill said. “It’s tough to compensate for promenade dress for any one.”

The Abilene Reporter-News reports Spruill is a comparison during Howard Payne University and a boss of a Social Work Club. It’s a use bar during a university whose members support groups within a incomparable village outward of a school.


“We do a sweeping expostulate for a Salvation Army, we assistance with National Night Out,” Spruill said. “We strech out to organizations in a village that need a small help.”

The Social Work Club recently hold a annual Cinderella Project to support girls with a cost of prom. The losses supplement adult genuine discerning for a open grave dance.


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“Prom dresses operation from $200 to about $400, or $500, depending on sequins and all of that. They are crazy expensive,” Spruill said. “A promenade dress is flattering many a one-time thing, we don’t re-wear a promenade dress. You go a initial time and that’s your grand culmination for that dress.”

The truth works when it comes to a marriage dress, not so many in any other context, however. Consequently, there are a lot of slightly-used — or even purchased though never ragged — promenade frocks in a world.

Wouldn’t it be good to arrange by some of those? That’s accurately a suspicion behind a Cinderella Project, now in a 12th year.

“Girls wish to knowledge a prom. Every year, as juniors and seniors we get to go and it’s a square of your high propagandize experience,” Spruill said. “Not carrying to compensate for that creates it one hundred percent better.”

That’s right. Instead of $500, girls could get a promenade dress for a cost of a exhale of uninformed air. Remember all those dresses in a world? There’s lots of now-wiser girls who adore flitting them on.

“We put out flyers during Howard Payne and (the dresses) come from a girls on campus, or even from a guys whose sisters bought dresses,” Spruill said. “(People) in a village hear about a expostulate and hit us to contend they have dresses to donate.”

One of a many engaging twists are those girls who came a year or dual before to get a dress, and afterwards returned that mantle to collect out a new one.

“That’s truly a blessing, that they get to take divided and give during a same time,” Spruill said. “They get to give back, to what was giving to them.”

It’s hold HPU’s Girling Center for Social Justice and there’s no eligibility requirements. The bar asks a girls to fill out a petition seeking where they are from, how many dresses are compulsory and to whom a dresses are going. The bar reaches out to internal propagandize districts to establish their dates for promenade to strategically coordinate their possess two-day event.

“So that it will advantage as many schools as possible,” Spruill explained.

Skylare Strasser, 17, came from Bangs with her grandmother, Debbie Williams. Strasser was removing nowhere anticipating a dress during a tradesman that she liked.

“I looked everywhere; David’s Bridal, Beall’s, even a glorious emporium downtown and we couldn’t find anything in my distance that would indeed demeanour good on me and be slimming,” she said. “I listened about this Cinderella Project and we pronounced to my Nana, ‘Nana, we have to go to this ’cause we never know. They could have all sorts of dresses?'”

It was a good bet, Strasser left confident with what she found.

“We were unequivocally excited, it’s an overwhelming thing they’re doing,” pronounced her nana.

Daimia Partin was selling for her sister Savannah, a sophomore during Priddy High School who happened to also be competing in a lane accommodate in Zephyr that afternoon.

“She couldn’t be here, though we really indispensable a giveaway dress since we don’t need to spend a money,” Partin said. “We have a hermit that’s a comparison this year, and he’s got to get invitations and everything. We are perplexing to save income and this is what we motionless to do.”

Partin deserves a sold shout-out; not usually was she selling for dresses and texting photos of them to her sister, she also had to keep an eye on her year-old son Barrett.

If you’ve ever been a small child stranded in a dress shop, we know it doesn’t accurately arise to a heights of diversion you’re accustomed to. Fortunately, cartoons today play on smartphones.

“The thesis this year is Enchanted Garden, so we’re kind of looking for immature though other than that I’m not too sure,” Partin said. “I’ve substantially left by about 8 and suspicion ‘Okay, maybe this one,’ and sent it to her.”

In between using a 400, her sister staid on “the sparkly one.” So far, so good.

“That’s what we’re going for,” Partin said, sounding relieved.

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