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Posted: January 28, 2011 12:00 a.m.

Share the Dress

Local makes prom dresses available to girls

By Chris Queen/

Dancing queens: Jamie Farley, Melissa Kitchens and Miranda Tamaska collect old prom dresses to give to young women in the community to use on their own special night. They will be accepting donations this Saturday at Central Community Church.

Proms were always special for Miranda Tamaska.

Now, she and a few friends are working together to make prom affordable for Newton County teens in need of a formal dress for the big night.

Tamaska and friends have begun a program called Share the Dress. They will collect gently-used prom dresses that will be given to girls who could not otherwise afford a nice dress. They will be collecting dresses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Central Community Church, 11157 City Pond Road.

"The idea really just came to me one day after I had stored about six of my own prom dresses in my basement," said Tamaska. "I could remember shopping for the dresses and the amount of my money my parents had paid for them. I began thinking that surely there was someone who could use my dresses, but I had no idea of how to get it into someone’s hands."

She enlisted friends Jamie Farley, Melissa Kitchens and Kristine Gosse to help. According to Tamaska, the goal of Share the Dress is to help young women enjoy their prom night without financial hardship.



"Share the Dress wants to make sure every junior and senior girl within Rockdale and Newton counties who for whatever reason cannot afford a dress of their own, receives one for prom absolutely free," said Tamaska. "We want to help create memories that will last a lifetime."

The women have collected about 100 dresses and have a goal of 300 formals.

For Saturday, Tamaska is asking for donations of dresses less than 10 years old that are gently used and free of stains. She said that the team can take care of any wrinkles and "bringing the dresses back to life."

Teens in need of dresses can pick them up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Golden Razor Academy in Covington, or from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 2 at Central Community Church. Girls can try on various dresses before they make a final decision, and limited alterations, such as hemming, will be available at the events.

The Dress team is excited about helping girls in the community.

"I feel like most people want to help others; many times they just need an area to give," said Tamaska. "Share the Dress wants to give people the opportunity to give into the lives of teenage girls. Together we can make this happen."

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