Church ministry welcomes formal wear to help girls go to the prom
“It is so exciting to see a girl find that special dress,” exclaimed Southbrook Church’s Emergency Needs Coordinator Nancy Janes. To make sure girls across Union and South Mecklenburg County get a chance to experience that feeling in time for spring proms, Southbrook’s Closet Ministry is holding its second annual Prom Closet.
The Prom Closet’s doors will open on Saturday, March 5, from 1-4 p.m. at Soutbrook Church’s Monroe campus at 1410 Skyway Drive. Junior and senior girls, along with their adult companions, will get to shop from amongst a wide section of prom gowns, shoes and accessories.
The special day will include a jewelry table, full mirrors and dressing rooms, and area beauty salon experts on hand to provide hair and makeup tips. Like last year, the event will also feature a special guest speaker to talk about self-esteem and how important each girl is in God’s eyes.
“Last year we had over 350 dresses,” Janes said. The organization was able to give each girl and her companion a gift bag filled with beauty products. The Closet Ministry plans to re-create last year’s experience, and hopes to spread the word in an effort to reach out to even more girls. “Last year every girl left with a beautiful dress, shoes and jewelry,” Janes explains, “and we hope to do the same this year.” Door prizes will include gift certificates for prom essentials like corsages, manicures and hairstyling.
The Prom Closet was the brainchild of those that worked at the Closet Ministry, including Janes and Sorting Coordinator Lynn Mabe. Seeing the need for clothing first hand together with many in the group having teen daughters sparked an idea. “We didn’t want someone not having an outfit to keep them from going to prom,” Janes says.
To get an accurate headcount, pre-registration for this event is required and forms are available on The Closet Ministry’s website at www.theclosetministry.com under the “events” section. To ensure every girl finds that special dress, the Ministry is looking to the community to lend a hand. They welcome gently used or new prom and formal dresses in all shapes and sizes, formal shoes and handbags, hosiery, jewelry and door prize items. They also appreciate monetary donations to help fill any gaps.
The Ministry will accept donations prior to March 5 at both its Southbrook Monroe campus as well as its Weddington Campus at 5607 Monroe-Weddington Road. The Maranatha Christian Book Mart next door to the Monroe campus will also accept donations. They are located at 1412 Skyway Drive.
About the Closet Ministry
The Closet Ministry is a clothing bank committed to providing quality used and new clothing, shoes and linens to families facing financial stress. Established in 2009 and originally run out of a person’s home, the ministry has grown by leaps and bounds. The Closet Ministry holds free shopping days several times a year, and is also open by appointment.
For more information about The Closet Ministry, call 704-916-9043 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prom Closet questions can be answered at 980-939-