How many times have you looked at that bridesmaid's dress in your closet and wondered what to do with it? It's a little too dressy to pack in a grocery bag and send to Goodwill, but you know in your heart you'll never wear it again (even if the bride swore on her life it'd make the cutest cocktail dress).
Well, if you live in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, now there's a solution. Donate it to the Priceless Gown Project.
This is an organization that provides free formal wear to girls who want to attend their prom but can't afford a dress. Last year they outfitted over 500 girls by setting up a boutique at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor and over 200 volunteers came out to help.
I was talking to Leslie Collier, the director of the program, and as she was describing the process to me -- how each girl works one-on-one with a volunteer to help find the right dress -- I was blown away. She said many of these girls don't have a mom to go shopping with, so the relationship with the volunteer is an important one. Not only are these volunteers providing fashion advice, but they are also there to provide mentoring, information, and connection, something many of these girls really need.
So if you live in the Baltimore or DC area and you've got a dress or some time to give, I can't think of a better way than the Priceless Gown Project.