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Bless A Dress to give away 3000 prom gowns at event in Harmar – TribLIVE

Those still in search of a prom dress are in luck: The organization Bless A Dress is holding its annual free prom gown event this week.

An estimated 3,000 gently used, donated dresses will be up for grabs at the three-day event, starting Thursday, at the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena in Harmar. In previous years, the event was hosted at various churches in the area.

“It is really important to us to help other people and make sure prom can happen for everyone,” said Michelle Simon, the event organizer. “We often times see parents leaving in tears because we were able to help in this way.”

Dresses are limited to one per person. Homecoming dresses also are available, along with jewellery and shoes.

Everything is free.

The event runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

This year, the inventory of dresses is the most the organization has collected. Simon believes that people were eager to be able to donate again after the event was canceled last year in the pandemic.

“It is a little bit overwhelming with the masses of the dresses,” Simon said, “but we are ecstatic to offer so many choices to the girls and help.”

Bless A Dress originally was hosted by Christian radio station K-Love. Simon and her husband, Don, worked with the radio station when they donated shoes for Soles for Jesus, an initiative to donate shoes to underserved populations in Africa. The couple took over Bless A Dress after K-Love held it for the last time in 2016.

Since taking over, Simon said the organization has seen 300 to 400 girls attend the event.

She anticipates around 700 to 800 to show up this week because of their extensive social media campaign. Her dream would be to have 3,000 girls arrive to pick up all the dresses.

Dresses are collected in January and February. After the giveaway, leftover dresses are sifted through for damage or out-of-style looks, and the good dresses are placed in storage for next year, she said.

There are no location restrictions to who can buy a dress. Students going to prom can be from any school district, whether in state or out of state.

“We consider this a huge random act of kindness event,” she said.

For more information or questions, Simon can be contacted at 412-760-0350 or [email protected]

Tanisha Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tanisha at 412-480-7306, [email protected] or via Twitter .

Source: https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/bless-a-dress-to-give-away-3000-prom-gowns-at-event-in-harmar/

Those still in search of a prom dress are in luck: The organization Bless A Dress is holding its annual free prom gown event this week.

An estimated 3,000 gently used, donated dresses will be up for grabs at the three-day event, starting Thursday, at the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena in Harmar. In previous years, the event was hosted at various churches in the area.

“It is really important to us to help other people and make sure prom can happen for everyone,” said Michelle Simon, the event organizer. “We often times see parents leaving in tears because we were able to help in this way.”

Dresses are limited to one per person. Homecoming dresses also are ava…….

Those still in search of a prom dress are in luck: The organization Bless A Dress is holding its annual free prom gown event this week.

An estimated 3,000 gently used, donated dresses will be up for grabs at the three-day event, starting Thursday, at the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena in Harmar. In previous years, the event was hosted at various churches in the area.

“It is really important to us to help other people and make sure prom can happen for everyone,” said Michelle Simon, the event organizer. “We often times see parents leaving in tears because we were able to help in this way.”

Dresses are limited to one per person. Homecoming dresses also are ava…….

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