For most teens, prom is a magical time. It’s a night where you go out and party away the last nights of what are supposed to be the best years of your life. That’s why most of us still remember our proms today (albeit through a bit of a drunken haze).
But for many, the prom season is a financial burden. Getting ready for the big night doesn’t come cheap, and many teens simply choose to sit it out if they can’t get a proper outfit for the occasion.
This year, however, that’s going to change. Jill MacDonald of Fredericton has launched the Priceless Prom Program, which has seen her collecting dresses from around the province to give to graduating students who may not be able to afford one of their own. She told the CBC that she got the idea after being inspired by a friend who did the same thing in Halifax. One Facebook post later though, and MacDonald’s version exploded.
“My apartment looks like the Magic Kingdom,” she told the public broadcaster. “It looks like a princess lives here … I’m having a hard time not trying them all on.”
So far, she’s collected more than 40 dresses and has already started giving some of them away. A few of MacDonald’s friends have even volunteered to provide makeup, hair and photography duties.
If you’re interested in helping out, she’s still collecting donations. All you have to do is send MacDonald a private message through the program’s Facebook group for details. If you need a dress, the same process applies. But whether your giving or receiving, she promises privacy.
“It can be shameful or embarrassing to some, so I just want it to be such a smooth transition,” she said.
Now that’s a prom a kid will remember.
Jill MacDonald did not respond to TheLoop.ca’s requests for comment.