School is back in session, which means homecoming is just around the corner. But, for many students, the event can be overwhelming and expensive, which is why one church organization is stepping up to make sure every lady looks lovely for the special night.
For teenage girls, homecoming is all about the dress and one Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries is making sure every young woman has one this year.
“We have about 2,000 dresses that the community of Rockford has graciously donated to us,” said Ministries Director Amy Hoening. “We give them away to girls for homecoming, prom, and other school events.”
It’s called, “Becca’s Closet.”
The church serves as a boutique and collects gently used dresses to make sure girls get what they need for the homecoming and prom season. Every item is free.
“We give away about 500 dresses every year between homecoming and prom.”
2016 Ms. Winnebago County Queen Kristie Dantuma says she got her homecoming dresses at Becca’s Closet since a new dress wasn’t in the family budget. She first came to Becca’s Closet as a high school freshman and now she volunteers there.
“My family and I didn’t have a whole lot of money since dresses are expensive,” said Dantuma. “We originally came here looking for a homecoming dress for me and we were blown away with how many dresses they have and we kept coming back.”
Dantuma says the goal of the organization is to make every girl feel comfortable regardless of their background.
“We don’t make you bring in paperwork saying you are low-income,” said Dantuma. “We don’t make you come in and ask you to prove that you really need this. It’s for everyone, no questions asked.”
Becca’s Closet is open every Saturday from 9am – noon through October 8th.