Because they believe every student should have a memorable high school prom, Holy Trinity Parish is helping area youth who may not be able to afford a dress or suit.
"I've had a few kids say they can't afford a dress so they aren't going to go to prom," said Melissa Lawler, youth minister for the Holy Trinity Parish. "We aren't going to let that happen."
Lawler said the parish will accept donations of prom dresses and gently used modern suits and sport coats this prom season to help reach out to youths who may not be able to afford the cost of formal wear.
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Melissa Lawler, youth minister for Holy Trinity Parish, looks over two of the formal dresses that have been donated for students to wear for prom. The parish is accepting dresses and men’s formal wear for students who may not be able to afford their own.
"We don't want anyone to have to miss their prom because they can't afford the dress or tux; we have resources and we will find something for them.," said Lawler.
A few dresses have already been donated, and two have already been claimed, Lawler said.
"Two have already been taken," she said. "The girls came to try them on and they were perfect fits. But I know we have a few more coming in."
Donated formal wear can be dropped off at the Holy Trinity/St. Edmond Business Office at 2220 Fourth Ave. N. Arrangements can be made by contacting Lawler at 955-6077.
The dresses and suits are not limited to parish members or St. Edmond students. Any student in need of prom wear may inquire.
"This isn't just a St. Edmond thing or a Holy Trinity thing," said Lawler. "Anyone can donate and anyone can get a dress. As a school, we like to pay it forward and hope the acts of kindness continue."
Donated dresses will be steamed and Lawler said alterations can be made if a dress doesn't fit.
"A new dress can be $300 to 400 and not everyone can spend that kind of money," she said. "It's not just about the dress. It is about making them feel great about the person that they are. Everyone deserves to shine on prom night."