DCMS hosts 12th annual dress drive

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Written by: Hannah Akers / Managing Editor, Kristiana Lulgjuraj / Feature Editor, and Olivia Biddle / News Editor

The Doe Creek Middle School dress drive will be taking place on Saturday, February 10. The dress drive features used formal dresses at a heavily discounted price for those who cannot afford them or would like to save money this year.

“The dress drive is an event that is held at Doe Creek and is for the general public, whoever wants to get a dress for cheaper money,” New Palestine High School senior Mia Long said.

Long, along with NPHS senior Ivey Simmons, are student organizers for the event because of their involvement in the advanced business management class.

“This is the 12th year, and it’s basically this big dress event where we get donations and we sell the dresses for reduced prices,” Simmons said.

“We have wedding dresses, bridesmaids dress, formal dresses, prom dresses, dresses for any occasion,” Simmons said.

This year, there will be different vendors for jewelry, hair, and makeup as well as a silent auction.

“Basically, they are trying philanthropic kind of thing,” Simmons said. “It’s an overall good cause and anyone is welcome to come, not just people who can’t afford dressed.”

Not only does this event allow members of the community to get affordable dresses, but the money earned goes to various charities and to support programs at the schools.

“Most of the profit goes toward Riley Children’s Hospital. We’re also donating some to the Hope Center,” Simmons said. “The rest goes to Doe Creek Middle School and the advanced business management class that helps with it.”

This year, the event is going to be a bit stricter.

“We want the event in general to be classy and put together,” Long said. “We want the volunteers to wear nice clothing to be presentable and to be welcoming to the customers.”

The organizers take a lot of pride in this even and really want the experience to be enjoyable for those shopping for dresses.

In the past, because of the low price of the dresses, people would purchase multiple dresses and resell them for much more to make a profit.

“This year they are going to limit the dresses to two,” Simmons said.

Leftover dresses are usually either donated to Goodwill, put into next year’s dress drive, or given to a girl who will take apart the dresses and use the cloth.

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