Make a teen's dream come true - donate your own prom dress

Make a teen's dream come true - donate your own prom dress

PAWTUCKET - Have a fabulous prom dress that deserves another magical night? A local group is collecting dresses to help deserving teens get to their school proms in style, and they need help to make the second annual event bigger and better than the last.

The "Say Yes to the Dress" collection drive is being organized by the Pawtucket Community Partnership Team Against Violence, which is made up of the Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, the city of Pawtucket, The Children's Workshop, the Housing Authority of Pawtucket, and the Pawtucket Prevention Coalition.

The hope, said Linda Impagliazzo, executive director of the Pawtucket-based Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center, is that this year's collection effort will exceed last year's so more young women who can't afford dresses can enjoy their proms without having to worry about money or that they don't look good enough.

Organizers are using the prom dress collection as a way to cultivate community involvement in ongoing prevention efforts and activities that keep children focused on healthy and positive activities.

Young people at an April 17-18 giveaway event will receive the complimentary prom dresses, makeup sessions, food and treats. And as important, they'll get helpful information on how to prevent dating violence, to develop healthy relationships, and to avoid substance abuse.

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