'Bless This Dress' help girls find dream dresses

Sunday, September 01, 2019

OTTUMWA — Most girls want to feel like a princess on their prom and homecoming nights, but can’t afford to if the dresses cost hundreds of dollars.

Brei Holmes knows just how these girls feel. “In my junior year,” Holmes said, “I didn’t go to prom because I couldn’t afford a prom dress, so I told my boyfriend to go with another girl because I was too embarrassed to tell him I couldn’t afford one. Now I make sure girls don’t go without a prom dress.”

Holmes’ own experience and hearing mothers talk about how expensive homecoming and prom dresses are — led her to start “Bless This Dress,” a nonprofit organization that allows women to sell their gently used homecoming dresses at a fraction of a cost to teenage girls.

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