- Associated Press - Thursday, November 13, 2014

PRINCETON, Ind. (AP) - Somewhere in Gibson County, there’s a girl who thinks she can’t go to prom because she can’t afford a dress, but Sarah Adams is working to change that.

Blessed With A Dress is a youth ministry that Adams says she believes is needed.

“There’s a lot of kids who can’t buy a dress - it’s expensive,” Adams told the Princeton Daily Clarion (https://bit.ly/1oQIU7k ).

The Princeton resident began Blessed With A Dress as an extension of Oasis Assembly of God’s Souled-Out Saturday with help from fellow volunteer Sybil Walker.

“We kept getting prom dresses in,” Adams said. She said she knew there was a need, especially since she’s seen people asking for help with prom attire via Facebook.

Their main goal is to help young people who wouldn’t be able to go otherwise, Walker said.

“Every teenager should get to experience prom. Their parents not being able to provide shouldn’t be something that stops them,” she said, “If we can help, we will help.”

In high school, Adams didn’t buy her own prom dress, either.

“I used my friend’s dress,” she remembered.

Adams has collected more than 60 dresses so far.

“I’m still working on it,” she said, as though 60-plus dresses wasn’t all that much.

“I’d like to at least get 200, to get more to choose from,” Adams said.

So far, there are dresses of all shapes and hues - pinks, white with daisy applique work, crimson, shimmery fabrics, zebra patterns, two piece dresses, short, long, sequined, embroidered, with or without bows, and more. Some are fluffy with tulle skirts.

Perhaps most importantly, there’s a span of all sizes.

“Different sizes mean there is more of a chance there will be one their size, so they’ll come out,” said Walker. “There’s every color you can imagine - some short, some long.”

Adams is storing the flouncy frocks in her home temporarily until they set up at Oasis in the spring for their March 14 Blessed With A Dress event.

They’re also collecting dress shoes and young men’s prom attire.

“We’re trying to think of everything,” Adams said.

“We’ll have a dressing room where the girls can try on the dresses,” Walker said.

Blessed With A Dress isn’t income-based, Adams said, and the dresses will be provided for free to those who have a need.

“All people are welcome,” Adams said.

Blessed With A Dress is funded with donations from people from work, church, and even people on Facebook, Adams said.

“Hopefully we can meet our goal and get 200 dresses or more,” Adams said.

“I just really love helping the youth,” Adams added later, “they are our future and it makes me feel good to help them and make them happy, make a good memory for them.”

Find out more by joining the Blessed With A Dress Facebook group or contacting Oasis Assembly of God in Princeton at 812-385-8888.


Information from: Princeton Daily Clarion, https://www.tristate-media.com/pdclarion

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