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Prom dress drive helps teens in need
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Kaila Stone, left, and Elizabeth Crofts collect a prom dress Saturday at the Richmond Hill Public Library as part of the Bryan County Family Connections annual Prom Dress Drive that provides a dress for local teens in need to go to prom.

Sequins and satin filled the small conference room of the Richmond Hill Public Library Saturday when several Richmond Hill teens collected gently used prom dresses and formal gowns for local teens to go to prom.
Organizer Elizabeth Crofts said this is the third year she has organized the event to collect dresses for local teens who may not be able to afford them. She partners with Bryan County Family Connection, which allows teen girls to borrow the dresses and enjoy an evening.
"I like helping girls have an opportunity to go to prom or a fun high school event - and them being able to go with confidence and have a memorable night for the rest of their lives," she said.
During the program's three years, more than 100 teens have been loaned a dress from the prom dress drive according to BCFC Director Wendy Sims.
The prom dress drive has collected more than 200 gowns for local teens to choose from, Crofts said. Sims added that the program has been so successful, BCFC has been able to send dresses to teens in other counties like Effingham and Liberty as well.
Crofts, a Richmond Hill High School graduate and now a student at Armstrong Atlantic State University, said she started the project in efforts to achieve the gold award for Girl Scouts.
Read full story in Wednesday's Bryan County News.


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