Prom season is almost here, which for some students means a time to splurge on extravagant dresses, shoes, tuxes, hair and make-up. But for those who are unable to afford the costly evening, prom can represent an unattainable high school milestone.
Toronto charity New Circles is working tirelessly to ensure that no teen misses prom because of finances. Now in its 10th year, New Circles’ Prom Boutique provides teens with gently used dresses, tuxes, suits, shoes and accessories, helping to make prom a reality for those who would otherwise be unable to afford expensive outfits.
In past years, the Prom Boutique has helped outfit more than 500 teens, with the charity looking to increase that number this year. Speaking with the CBC, New Circles executive director Alykhan Suleman said, “We certainly don’t want financial capabilities to be a barrier in their full participation in something that’s very important in their lives.”
On May 6 and 7, teens are able to visit the Prom Boutique in Toronto, where a personal shopper will help them create the perfect look for their prom night. For those unable to attend the Prom Boutique, teens can book an appointment until the end of May with GLOW, New Circle’s other charity, which boasts the status as the largest clothing bank in Toronto.
For those looking to get involved, New Circles encourages people to hold a Prom Drive at schools, churches, service clubs or other community organizations. The charity also has eight drop-off locations that can be found here, with requests for new or lightly-worn dresses, slim-fit suits, shirts and pants, ties and accessories, evening bags and jewelry, shoes, and new makeup. Monetary donations are also welcomed, with New Circles able to outfit a teen from head to toe for only $50.
Click here to find out how you can donate or get involved with New Circles and the Prom Boutique.