Is your closet full of dresses you no longer wear? Now you can clean your closet, help the environment and give back to high school girls by recycling your special occasion dresses.
Fairy Glam Project, a partnership between Nspire 2 Dream and clothing recycler USAgain, is collecting dresses to donate to girls in need of a prom dress.
Fairy Glam Project provides St. Louis and Illinois high school juniors and seniors facing financial hardships with an opportunity to select a new or gently used prom dress at no cost.
Dresses can be dropped off at green and white USAgain bins. The process is simple — bag your surplus dresses, label the bag PROM with a permanent marker and drop off the dresses in the USAgain bins. For a list of drop-off locations, visit www.usagain.com or www.nspire2dream.org.
Collected dresses will be made available at a dress boutique from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at North Technical High School, 1700 Derhake Road in Florissant.
Potential shoppers must fill out an application and submit a reference to confirm financial hardship. Application and qualification details are also available at www.nspire2dream.org.
What started off as just an opportunity to help a few girls has turned into one of the most anticipated events of the prom season.
“Each year, this event has increased in popularity and we have added partners such as Dillard’s and Mid Rivers Mall,” said Nspire 2 Dream Founder and Executive Director Nikole Shurn-Perkins. “We are so excited to be partnering once again with USAgain this year. It is these partnerships that help us make dreams come true.”
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw out 85 percent of their clothing, amounting to more than 11 million tons of textiles that take up landfill space.
“Communities have the opportunity to help the environment by keeping these dresses out of landfills while also performing a good deed for those in need,” USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander said. “Not everyone has the luxury of purchasing a new prom dress, so we view this program as a ‘win win’ for all involved.”