Norfolk church gives out free prom dresses to families in need

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Finding the perfect prom dress can be difficult — but it’s even harder when the price tags are more than a family can afford.

That’s why the members of Norfolk United Methodist Church stepped in to help families in need this prom season.

The church collected prom dress donations and offered them to families, free of charge. 

“A young lady in my church said, ‘yes pastor I have several prom dresses. You wear them one time, you get rid of them or they hang in the closet, but there’s some young people that would need that,'” said senior pastor of Norfolk United Methodist Church, Dr. Sherry Daniels.

The church announced they would be giving away prom dresses for free for the second year in a row. Daniels says the donations came pouring in.

“We had donations over 110 dress from all over the United States, people were mailing it to us. They wanted to make sure we had dresses in all sizes all styles,” said Daniels.

Iyana Gray goes to the church and she says her family donated to the cause.

“Most of them are nice, some of them I actually gave away because my mother, she had a wedding a while ago, so some of these are my mother’s bridesmaid dresses,” said Gray.

Diana Ault, a high school student, says her friends called her to go check out the selection this morning, and shortly after, she found her perfect dress.

Ault says she knows firsthand just how expensive going to prom can be.

“Last prom I went to, the dress was about 400 dollars,” said Ault.

“For a family that’s trying to make ends meet and trying to raise teenagers in the right way with a solid foundation, we want to be that helping hand,” said Daniels.

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