NHS student collects dresses for Cinderella’s Closet

NHS student collects dresses for Cinderella’s Closet
Posted on 10/27/2017
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Prom can be an expensive time, with dresses easily running hundreds of dollars. Because of this, National Honor Society member Payton Hoffman, a junior, decided to help out others who would love to have a beautiful dress but just can’t afford it.

Payton started a dress drive to collect “gently used” Prom and Homecoming dresses, and after some research, chose Cinderella’s Closet as the organization to donate to.

Cinderella's Closet dressesCinderella’s Closet is an organization that collects gently used formal/semi-formal dresses, costume jewelry, and other accessories. Their mission is that every girl leaves “knowing they are cherished.” Cinderella’s Closet originated in Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park, KY in 2006. The program has now extended to may other churches throughout the country, including Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. 

The program was founded by a teenager, Erin Peterson. She overheard a teenage girl ask a clerk at a consignment store if the formal dress she wanted could be put on hold. The girl proceeded to ask her foster mother for money, but the price was too far out of their reach. Erin then bought the dress for this girl, saying she would look just like Cinderella. Erin was transformed by this experience, thus leading to the creation of Cinderella’s Closet. 

Payton feels the IHHS dress drive was very successful. She explains, “I wanted to host the drive the week directly following our Fall Homecoming, as I knew many girls would have dresses to donate from previous years and the past weekend. We collected over 50 dresses, much to our shock. I am very excited to donate the dresses, because I know they could make a young girl feel like a princess. We are looking to possibly offer a second dress drive in the spring, following Prom. I hope we can collect even more dresses!”