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Dresses of Hope started at SHS

Georgia Grace Thurlow, Staff

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Dresses of Hope is an organization formed to help girls find dresses for prom. Taylor Parsons, college student at Mississippi State University, was cleaning out her closet over Christmas break when she realized how many of her clothes she would never wear again. This gave her the realization that her old clothes she simply doesn’t wear anymore would be appreciated by girls in need.

Parsons is familiar with Starkville High students because of her experience as a Young life leader. Through Young Life she has built relationships with girls who would appreciate the donated clothes.

Parsons then created Dresses of Hope at SHS. After talking with and getting permission from assistant principal, Ms. Ginger Tedder, Parsons began to spread the word about the event taking place at SHS. Ms. Tedder reached out to counselor interns, Hannah Broom and Kristie Holler, asking for their help.

“This year was a good year to get the program up and running,” said Broom.

The girls will not be interns after May, however, they would like to see the program continue at Starkville high.

Holler said, “I believe this event will become bigger in better in the years to come.”

Parsons posted on social media asking anyone with used or unused prom dresses to donate them to Dresses of Hope. She was ecstatic about how many people donated; she received over 400 dresses. Over 40 volunteers took part in helping Parsons find dresses, help try on, and fit the girls when the time came.

“We are going to make sure no girls leave here without a dress,” Parsons said.  Along with help from her volunteers, Parsons was able to help 25 girls find a dress they loved.

Parsons said next year will be her senior year at State, she will be able to help next year, and hopefully take this over to places like Columbus as well.

“After I am done with school here, I would love to pass this on to someone else who is just as dedicated to helping these girls find their dress.”

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