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Dallas Public Library hosts prom dress giveaway for students in need

Dallas Public Library hosts prom dress giveaway for students in need

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It's hard to beat vintage Barbie prom dresses. Courtesy photo

What to wear to the prom looms as one of the key decisions of one's high school career — made even more difficult when you can't afford the duds.

But Dallas high school students in need get a break thanks to the Fairy Tale Closet, a charitable initiative taking place at the Dallas Central Library on March 9-10.

Hundreds of gowns in various sizes and styles will be available as well as shoes, accessories, and a few suits and jackets for those who eschew the traditional gown.

This year's giveaway also includes an LGBTQ+ centric event.

The Fairy Tale Closet began in 2014. It's re-stocked each year with donations from hundreds of individuals and organizations, including St. Luke Community United Methodist Church, bridesmaids shops, Neiman Marcus, Sam Moon, women's groups, and other public libraries.

The Friends of the Dallas Public Library provide the other supplies to make the event a success.

"Prom is an expensive rite of passage," says Communications & Youth Services administrator Melissa Dease. "We started the Fairy Tale Closet to help every teen feel like a princess, regardless of their family's economic need. This year we've added a gender-inclusive component for LGBTQ+ teens who might feel more comfortable in a safe and welcoming environment."

The Fairy Tale Closet will be open from 10:30 am-4:30 pm on Saturday, March 9. The LGBTQ+ centric event will be from 1:00 to 4:30 pm on Sunday, March 10. Saturday's registration is full, but walk-ins are encouraged Saturday after noon and Sunday. You can also register for Sunday by calling 214-670-7943.