BETHALTO — Uncommon Youth is hosting its third semi-annual formal dress resale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Cornerstone Church in Bethalto.
An expo will feature jewelry and beauty vendors. There will be door prizes throughout the day, including a grand prize of a spa day for two.
Cornerstone youth pastor Chris Stanley said the idea for the sale came from members of the church group Uncommon Youth a few years ago. Girls in the youth group thought a dress resale was a creative way to raise money for missions.
“They had dresses they needed to sell or buy, so this sale seemed a logical idea,” Stanley said. “Facebook and word of mouth keeps this sale growing each year. The last sale we had more than 400 dresses.”
People wishing to sell a dress are charged a flat $10 fee for the first five dresses. Additional dresses are $1 each. Shoes and accessories can also be entered in the sale for $1 each. Sellers set the price for their items and do not have to be present at the sale.
Youths will collect dresses from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..Saturday, Feb. 21.
The youth group is inviting businesses traditionally associated with homecoming and prom to set up tables to showcase their services. This includes florists, tanning salons, beauticians and restaurants. There is no charge for the businesses to participate other than contributing a door prize. The hope is this will help make the sale more of an event and draw a larger crowd.
The dress resale is just one of several fundraising events the youth group is conducting to raise funds for Speed the Light, an Assembly of God student-led initiative in which youths raise money to support world missionaries with funds to buy transportation and sound equipment used to spread the love of Christ.
“These missionaries do everything from providing clean drinking water in Africa to rescuing men, women and children from human trafficking,” Stanley said.
Since Jan. 1, the youth group has raised $1,200 for Speed the Light, primarily from offerings. The dress sale kicks off the fundraising for this year. Other fundraising events planned for the year include wearing the same shirt every day for a month, raking leaves in the fall and a chili cook-off. Stanley said each $100 raised frees one person from sex slavery.
“In the past year we have raked lawns, cut grass, jumped in freezing cold water. We even wore the same shirt for 30 days straight to raise money and awareness for our missionaries,” Stanley said. “It’s incredible to watch a group of students sacrifice so much so that other people around the world, that they have never met, will have an opportunity to meet with Christ.”
More information can be found on the dress resale’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uncommonresale or by calling the church at (618) 377-7625.