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Operation Dream Closet asks girls to donate formal dresses

Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 11:30 a.m. CDT

CORNING — Operation Dream Closet is a new organization but not a new idea. Based on the organizational concepts of the national program Donate My Dress, Rebecca’s Closet or the Princess Project, Operation Dream Closet will provide at little or no cost prom/formal dresses, shoes and jewelry to girls who may not have the financial resources to purchase special occasion clothing.

Jessica Wilson, owner of LONE ARRANGER, a floral and gift shop in Corning, saw a need for this type of program in the area and is in the beginning stages of creating Operation Dream Closet in the upper story of her shop.

“We are here to help girls that don’t have the means to otherwise attend their school prom or special events,” said Wilson. “For us, it’s not just about donating an item, it’s about supporting and building each other up, and we want to encourage girls around southwest Iowa to become involved.”

Operation Dream Closet will enable girls to easily find where in a local market they can donate or find a dress for their occasion. Many young celebrities have gotten involved in organizations like this, including Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Brittany Snow, who have all donated dresses of their own, and Wilson hopes the idea behind the program will hit home for many young women as they hear about it and feel compelled to help other girls have the most special night of their young lives.

Operation Dream Closet is looking for other locations in southwest Iowa to be used as drop-off points. Donated items will be gathered throughout the year with the hope to be fully stocked and open for the 2013 prom season.

To make a donation, drop them off at 406 E. Corning, Red Oak; 317 N. 19th, Clarinda, or the LONE ARRANGER, 627 Davis Ave., Corning.

If you have questions, would like to volunteer or become a drop-off point for Operation Dream Closet, contact Jessica Wilson at 641-322-5175.

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