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Concord Baptist Church gives free prom dresses

Caroline church gives  free prom dresses

The Cinderella’s Closet at  Concord Baptist Church in  Caroline County is opening  its doors again on Friday for  girls who want to pick out  free dresses for proms or  formal dances.

The church held its annual  dress giveaway on Saturday,  but only 45 girls came. The  church has more than 200  dresses left; many of them  are brand new, with tags still  on them, said Diane Boone,  one of the “fairy godmoth ers” who puts the event  together.

That’s why the godmothers decided to hold a second  giveaway this year. They’re  inviting girls from the Fredericksburg area to come to  the church from 5 to 8 p.m.  on Friday. The social hall is  set up with racks of dresses,  tables of accessories, and  people available to help the  girls make their selections.

At Saturday’s event,  students from Caroline,  Hanover, Spotsylvania, King  George, Westmoreland,  Fredericksburg, Lorton and  Essex schools attended. The  organizers gave away gift  cards to Target and tickets to  the Caroline High School  prom. Pastor David Upshaw  talked with the girls and  their families.

Cinderella’s closet received many donations of  dresses, accessories and  money this year, said, Jeannie Ball, one of the organizers. The group was able to  purchase four new heavy- duty racks for display, along  with the gift cards and and  dresses.

More information about  Cinderella’s Closet is avail able on Facebook, through e– mail at concordcloset@ or by calling Jeannie Ball at 804/633-6786 or   Diane Boone at 804/994- 5251. The church’s address is  15625 Concord Road, Ruther  Glen.

—Cathy Dyson

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