Photo from Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/uncommonresale
BETHALTO — Uncommon Youth will host its second annual formal dress resale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Cornerstone Church. This year the event will include a homecoming and prom business expo.
Cornerstone youth pastor, Chris Stanley, said the idea for the sale came from members of the church group Uncommon Youth. Girls in the group thought a dress resale was a creative way to raise money for missions.
“The girls all had dresses they needed to sell or buy, so this sale seemed a logical idea,” Stanley said. “We used Facebook to get the word out for last year’s sale and had a decent turnout. We hope to have an even bigger event this year.”
People wishing to sell a dress at the sale are charged a flat $10 fee regardless of the number of dresses they have to sell. Sellers set the price for their dresses and do not have to be present at the sale.
A new idea for this year’s sale was the business expo. 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. 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 fund-raisers the youth group is conducting to raise funds for Speed the Light, an Assembly of God student-led initiative where youths raise money to support world missionaries with funds to buy essential 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.
To date, the youth group has raised $11,000 for Speed the Light. Stanley said each $100 raised frees one person from sex slavery.
“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 who 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.