The Catholic Student Association at The University of Toledo is collecting prom dresses to give to students in Toledo Public Schools.
“The idea came to me while I was still in high school,” said Grisoranyel Barrios, a sophomore majoring in political science and social work. “After all of my dances, I would donate my dresses, no matter how much I loved them. I always figured some girl would give it another amazing night out. After all, it was just going to sit in my closet for years because the likelihood of me wearing it again was close to none.”
Dresses and accessories can be dropped off Friday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Corpus Christi University Parish, 2955 Dorr St.
Alternate drop-off or pick-up times can be scheduled with Barrios for those who can’t come on this day.
“As a former high school student, I know how difficult it was to try to find a dress that would be nice enough for prom and was affordable for my mom to purchase,” Barrios said. “It always blew my mind that some girls would spend $400 for a dress and my family could hardly afford to pay $80.”
Students from Toledo Public Schools can pick out a dress Sunday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium.
Cash donations will be accepted.
“All the donations we collect from this event will be donated to the Daughter Project, which is a local organization that rescues young girls from sex-trafficking situations,” Barrios said.
For more information or to schedule an alternate drop-off or pick-up time, contact Barrios at firstname.lastname@example.org.