Prom Closet

See you again in 2023!

Prom Closet for 2022 has concluded! See you all next year for Prom Closet 2023!

Prom Closet changes lives by providing prom attire and accessories, free of charge, to girls around the region and state. Prom dreams come true as girls find their perfect look. Get involved by shopping, donating, or volunteering!

What to do when Prom Closet is closed?

Below is a location that may be of service to help you find a beautiful dress for your dance.

We're All About the Dress *Open for shopping year-round
Janie Tillery-Wood
6242 Rufe Snow Drive, Suite 212
North Richland Hills, DFW
Janie's Phone: 817-412-0727 | Email: dressyjanie@aol.com
 

 
Shopper FAQ

What is it?
St. Andrew Prom Closet, run by the St. Andrew United Methodist Women, provides donated dresses from size 0-30 for prom. Additionally there are accessories to go with the dresses such as jewelry, shoes, handbags, and wraps. All of it is available at no cost. Requirements for shoppers are the following: each girl must be present to shop for her own dress, and each girl is allowed to bring ONE guest, age 16 or older with them. We will have thousands of dresses to choose from, so there are plenty for everyone!

Who is this for?
This is open to any girl from anywhere. If you live outside the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you can still come! We have had girls from Arkansas, Longview, Waco, and Wichita Falls.

When is it?
Check back for 2023 dates!

Why was it created?
Prom Closet was created to provide a unique shopping experience for young ladies who because of finances would be unable to attend prom. Prom Closet organizers and volunteers confirm that not only is the need great, but the impact the dress makes on the girl and her family is immeasurable.  

How does it work?
The room is set up like a boutique. Each girl will check in then she will be greeted by a personal shopper who will help her find dress racks with her size. Once she has selected her dress, she can try it on in one of our 20 dressing rooms. Then she visits the boutique to look for jewelry, shoes, a handbag and a wrap.

Where are the items from?
Community members, businesses, organizations, and local groups have donated dresses, shoes, wraps, jewelry, handbags, and other accessories for this annual event. Some dresses have never been worn.

How many have you served?
The first year, Prom Closet provided 35 dresses to local high school girls, and in 2020, 1,273 girls from 247 schools received dresses and accessories, all donated by community members, local groups, corporations, and businesses.

What if people have questions?
Call the Prom Closet informational hotline at 469-385-1810, or email promcloset@standrewumc.org 

Donations

Check back with us again to see when we will accept gently used or new dresses, shoes, and jewelry for Prom Closet 2023.

There are several other ways to make donations to support Prom Closet.

Volunteering

Prom Closet relies on volunteers for various roles, including all levels of physical capability. Among the duties are check-in desk and check-out desk, personal shoppers, dressing room assistants, and set-up and tear down crew members.

Volunteers for the shopping days must be adults. All adult volunteers must complete a background check. Upon your registration you will receive an email within 24-48 hours asking you to complete the background check.

Check back to see volunteer opportunities for Prom Closet 2023 to sign up.
 

Stories
  • On the first day of Prom Closet this year, we heard from a girl who lost her father weeks ago and found her dress here.  When she was told she could go pick out jewelry and other accessories, she said, “Instead of wearing a piece of jewelry, I plan to wear my dad’s necktie.”
  • The Methodist Children’s Home in Waco comes each year, and Student Event Coordinator Ashley Kendrick forwarded this note: “I just wanted to thank you and the rest of the staff who organized this year’s prom closet event! Our girls had so much fun, and we greatly appreciate the opportunity to attend such a fun event!! It was very evident that a lot of time and energy was invested in the event, and we were blown away by the organization and welcoming presence from the staff :). THANK YOU SO MUCH for reaching out and inviting us!!!!!”
  • Each year, First Sgt. Charles Paige of the Franklin D. Roosevelt High School JROTC drives girls to the Prom Closet to shop for the military ball. In 2019 he brought over 38. He says it energizes him as a teacher and that it’s not just a job for him, it’s a commitment.  He said the Prom Closet has had a major impact on motivating their cadets to attend the ball.  Each year the girls tell him how “the church’s Prom Closet makes everyone feel pretty – even if for one night. It is fun to shop for dresses without a price.”
  • Alexis Taylor traveled from Waco to select her dress. She said she chose the first one she put on and was grateful for the Prom Closet because it shows that people care for her and are looking out for her. It also helps her mother so she won’t have to spend a lot of money on her for prom. 
  • We had shoppers from as far away as Germany and Switzerland.  The two exchange students had only heard of prom in the movies before they came to the United States and were excited to each find a dress and experience prom. They both selected the first dress they tried on and were all smiles as they headed over to look at jewelry, shoes, and purses.
News Release/Media

PLANO, TEXAS – January 2022– St. Andrew United Methodist Church announces Prom Closet 2022 will take place over a two-week period: February 15, 16, 17 & 19 and 21 – 26 in Smith Worship Center, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, with advance registration required. Each year, Prom Closet provides prom attire to more than 1,000 high school girls from anywhere at no cost and is a service of the United Methodist Women. This year advance registration is required to improve the overall shopping experience and minimize wait times for the shoppers. To register for a 1.5-hour time slot, visit www.standrewumc.org/promcloset  

 

The Prom Closet is accepting donations of dresses (sizes 0-30), jewelry, shoes, handbags, and wraps.

All donations may be dropped off at St. Andrew, January 14 - February 25, in Room 121, Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday 8:30 - 1 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Use North entry door located off north parking lot, 1401 Mira Vista.

 

“We are overjoyed to announce we will host Prom Closet this year and are excited to try advance registration, eliminating long lines and providing plenty of space for each shopper to select her perfect dress and accessories,” said Devra Helffrich, an original organizer of prom closet. “Obviously, we could not do this without the support and donations from the community and our wonderful volunteers. We collect dresses, shoes, jewelry, wraps, handbags, and other accessories year ‘round, and we can’t thank the community enough for helping so many girls’ prom dreams come true. This will be the 13th year we have held Prom Closet, which has grown to be an extraordinary way to reach out and help the community.”

 

Area school counselors have been provided information about the annual Prom Closet on their campuses. 

Each shopper must be present to select her own dress and accessories and may have one guest, age 16 or older, with them. A personal shopper volunteer will assist each shopper throughout the process. There will be 20 shopping slots per each 1.5-hour time frame.

 

A link on Amazon is available for anyone that would like to help by purchasing items, which will be shipped directly to the church. To review items available for purchase, https://tinyurl.com/PromClosetWishList

 

The Prom Closet was created to provide a unique shopping experience for young ladies who because of finances would be unable to attend prom.   Prom Closet organizers and volunteers confirm that not only is the need great, but the impact the dress makes on the girl and her family is immeasurable.  Visit www.standrewumc.org/promcloset, email promcloset@standrewumc.org, or call 469-385-1810 for more information.

 

Contact
469-385-1810 | promcloset@standrewumc.org

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Media
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Inventory (as of February 2022)

Dress count: 3,000, sizes 0–30
Shoe Count: 1,100 pairs, sizes children's 3–adult 12
Jewelry: 3,600 pieces
Handbags: 1,300