CANTON, Ill. — For high school students, homecoming is an exciting time to dance the night away.
In Canton, a local ministry is making sure everyone has their chance to go to a school dance.
A Dress for Every Girl at Temple Baptist Church is helping girls find their dream dresses without spending a penny.
From sequins to lace to sparkles, a dress is in its details.
“There’s pretty much something for everyone here,” said coordinator Lisa Bergevin.
With homecoming dances a few weeks away, A Dress for Every Girl is making dreams come true.
“It’s set up like a little store, they shop, and find their shoes and their dress,” said Bergevin.
For the past three years they’ve given away almost 50 homecoming and prom dresses.
“I think it’s a nice time for the mom and the daughter to find that special dress for that special occasion at school, its kind of a big deal,” said Lisa Rosich, a volunteer.
The store first started when they realized that some students didn’t go to school dances because they couldn’t afford a dress.
“We wanted to make sure, that we reached every girl that wanted to go.” Bergevin.
The cost of high school dances is on the rise. Promgirl.com says the average prom dress can cost anywhere between $100 and $600.
But here, dresses are free.
“I think it means the world to them. They’re totally surprised when they see it. We showed a couple girls our prom room today, and their eyes about bug out,” said Bergevin.
With all types of styles, colors, and sizes, there really is a dress for every girl.
The next shopping day is on Tuesday, August 20 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
If you’d like to donate dresses, they can be dropped off at Temple Baptist Church.
Shopping days for prom dresses will start in January. More information and exact dates can be found on their Facebook page.