Where to donate prom dresses and tuxes in Lancaster County


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Last year, Julie Shupp went to Cocalico High School’s prom in a flowy teal dress with sequins on top.

“It was so pretty,” says Shupp, now a senior. “I felt like a princess.”

And it was free.

Shupp’s part of the Cocalico National Honor Society’s prom dress collection, Cinderella’s Closet. The closet is one of the prom clothing drives held throughout Lancaster County to help students. With prom approaching, these groups need dresses, suits and accessories.

How expensive is prom? Students in the Northeast spent an average of $700 last year, from tickets and clothing to hair and accessories, according to Yahoo Style’s Prom Across America survey. The survey queried more than 1,700 people across the country.

Cocalico High started a prom dress collection a few years ago.

“Prom dresses are really expensive,” Shupp says. “Not everyone can afford to pay for a dress.”

At Solanco High School, Renee’s Closet and Dapper Dan’s gives free dress and suit rentals for students. Renee’s Closet is named in memory of 2011 Solanco graduate Renee Willard. Dapper Dan’s is named in memory of Daniel Lugo, Solanco Class of 2014. Both passed away in 2014.

McCaskey High School has collected dresses for more than a decade. The collection is a great service for students, says Willa Adams, student activities coordinator. And it’s a chance for people to share their own prom dresses.

“Think of how many people have dresses in their closet that they’ve only worn once,” she says.


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