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Operation All Dressed Up comes to the Sault

Wednesday, February 05, 2014   by: Staff

(Jenna Train, Serena Nicholson, Constable Monique Baker and Constable Alison Kirkpatrick examine some of the dresses that have been donated so far to Operation All Dressed Up!. The media event was held February 5, 2013 at the Water Tower Inn to raise awareness for the upcoming March 22, 2013 event. Armstrong)



Crime Stoppers is pleased to announce a new initiative, Operation All Dressed Up!, which involves Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District assisting Grade 8 and Grade 12 girls prepare for upcoming graduation.

There has been an identified need for formal attire for graduation and prom for many girls within the community. 

Graduation and prom are rites of passage and important for all youth. 

This is one way of helping to eliminate social barriers and bring everyone together.

With the support of community partners and the community itself, this initiative will foster positive self-esteem in our youth, eliminate some of the anxiety girls experience when preparing for these ceremonies and ease the financial strain on families that accompany graduation and prom events.

Crime Stoppers is looking to collect gently used and or new formal dresses purchased between 2007 and 2013 to assist with this initiative. 

They will also accept any shoes, shawls, purses and jewellery anyone wishes to donate.

Crime Stoppers is also seeking the assistance of interested Community Partners in this endeavour.

Be it product samples for goodie bags, seamstresses, or drycleaners for example. 

If you see yourself or your business as a partner, all donations will be gratefully accepted and acknowledged.  

OPERATION ALL DRESSED UP! Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District is scheduled for March 22, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Algoma’s Watertower Inn who has generously donated space for the event. 

Sault College hair and esthetician program will be there booking free hair and makeup appointments with the girls to be done on the day of their graduation.

Local drop off points for the donated items include the Sault Ste. Marie Police Services Building at 580 Second Line East or the Ontario Provincial Police - Sault Ste. Marie Detachment at 742 Great Northern Road. 

For further information please call Cst. Monique Baker at (705) 945-6833 ext. 6155 or Cst. Alison Kirkpatrick at (705) 949-6300 ext. 335.

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thomas 2/5/2014 3:51:59 PM Report

I think this is an awesome idea. I'm sure lots of ladies have many dresses they could part with hanging in their closets.
Mr. Poster 2/5/2014 4:09:00 PM Report

WOW...what a great idea. Perhaps another fund raising group could do the same with mens clothing.
right wing 2/5/2014 4:13:04 PM Report

Excellent idea, especially since those dresses are worn for one day/night only and are still brand new.
Statusquo...I will be expecting you to bring yours in with the matching pumps....
bubba2006 2/5/2014 5:09:04 PM Report

Looks like I found a new home for all the dresses that I no longer fit into...chances are I will never fit into those Size 3 I shall give them away so some young lady may look stunning for her grad.
HowAbooutSomeLogic 2/5/2014 5:56:03 PM Report

"Graduation and prom are rites of passage and important for all youth."

Technically they are rites of passage, sure....maybe not compared to marriage or death or whatever african tribe has their youth go hunt a lion before they're considered an adult in the tribe...but okay.

"Important for all youth", though? How? Why? Any monkey could pass gr8 and high school "college" courses. These rites are invented validation for all the time you spend at school when you could have been doing something more productive like developing a trade that will get you through life or learning legitimate university courses for free online whenever you gain the mental capacity to do so. From my experience a decent amount of the class skips the event anyway, so how important could it possibly be? jmo

Great program, to be sure. I don't mean to take away from it in the least and hopefully everyone involved has their contributions recognized and some needy girls get free dresses, hair and makeup. I be those appointments will fill up fast...
foxylady069 2/5/2014 10:43:06 PM Report

I remember grade 8 grade the most. My mother was on a fixed income and everything was tight at that time. I found the perfect dress I wanted at sears. My mother saved and saved and on the day she went to pick it up she also bought a pair of matching sateen shoes. I felt like I was on top of the world getting all dolled up, and celebrating with friends and family at the time it was a huge milestone. I look back on it now and know how much she struggled to do so.

Sometimes as an adult we start to understand the struggles our parents went through for that one night to see us shine.

Now days these are very expensive occasions. On average an up to date grad dress from top store can cost over $300.00, or you can go with something from a department store for $150.00, but good luck getting matching shoes and nice jewelry for under $100.00. Lets not forget the fact that these occasions also have a price tag for tickets for the meals and those can be at least 20-30 per family member.

Kudos to these people. This is a great idea. Hopefully they can now get another initiative for teen boys. Tux rental/purchases are ridiculously over priced.
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