Polk County Early College gives away brand new dresses, Becca’s Closet Dress Drive

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POLK COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – More than 400 seasonally up-to-date, brand name and completely new dresses are up for grabs starting Thursday, November 21 at Polk County Early College.

The school said anyone in need of a dress for a formal occasion, in practically any size is invited to come and take their pick:

  • Thursday, Nov 21 and Friday, Nov 22 from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This is the college’s fourth year hosting the dress giveaway, Becca’s Closet. The nonprofit dress drive was started to honor a teenage Florida girl, Rebecca, who’s life was tragically cut short from a car crash.

More than 400 dresses are available to choose from.

Early College students have spent countless hours sorting, organizing and arranging more than 400 dresses for the public to try on.

To help shoppers who may not be able to physically be there, the committee created a social media page on Instagram. The pictures and videos showcase what dresses are available and how they look off the hanger.

There are numerous sizes of the same dress, styles, colors, the options for the right dress are endless; they’ve also, worked hard to make sure every girl feels special, said the school’s Executive Director Amy Greene.

“I keep track of the size of the dress, what the dress looks like and where the dress is going. Because we don’t want two girls to show up at the same event wearing the same dress,” Greene said.

Polk Count Early College Becca’s Closet Committee Members

Cash McFarlane and Amberly Arkell are dress drive committee memebers and said this isn’t a handout, but more of a leg up in smart shopping.

“Coming from a girl who can’t really afford to go out and by an expensive dress, this really amazing,” McFarlane said.

“Even if you can afford a dress we still would like you to come in because it could save you that money as well,” Arkell said.

Greene said that money can be used to get hair, nails or makeup done. She added that her school has hosted Becca’s Drive for the last three years and knows the need for dresses stretches across state lines.

“If there were more chapters you know in South Carolina. I think it would be beneficial to everyone involved,” Greene said.

Krisitin Harmon said she’s not a fan of shopping and was suprised to find out this annual drive gave out free dresses. She has already planned to bring her daughter because it’s win-win-win through the dresses’ cost, condition, and location.

“We wind up going to stores. We have to drive far, you know, Spartanburg, Asheville, Greenville, to go shopping and sometimes it can be a disappointment when you’ve gone and done all that. But, this is right around the corner from us. So why not give it a try?” Harmon said.

Last year Polk County Early College gave out nearly 200 dresses, with their closet stocked at 400 dresses, Greene said they’re ready for more people who need dresses.

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