(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. SooToday.com/Kenneth Armstrong)
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.