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Prom Dress Dreams Turn Reality for Local Teens

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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Thousands of girls are looking for that perfect fit for prom. But that princess-like dress made for priceless memories can be too high a price for some.

Becca Tointon thought it shouldn't have to be that way after staring at four bridesmaid dresses hanging in her closet. After being unable to find somewhere to donate them to, she founded "Share the Memories." 

The program collects gently used prom dresses and gives them to hundreds of Mid-Michigan girls looking for that Cinderella feeling for free.

In its seventh year, the collection has grown to more than a thousand gowns.

"Everything from strapless to sequins to beaded to plain and simple," Tointon said. "It's amazing."

Armed with a personal shopper, exchange students Bolette Busch and Sue-Ana Schroeer were treated to plenty of options.

"I think 15 or so," Schroeer said.

It didn't take long before the girls said "yes" to the dress.

"I just love how it's not too short, it's not too long," Busch said. "I feel like it fits me perfect."

But it's not just the girls who are giddy over their gowns, it's those who wait outside the fitting room, too.

"I just like the feeling of it warming you up a bit on the inside, they found what they wanted," the girls' host mother Nikki Moore said. "And they smile and they're happy and they're read."

For Tointon, that's what her program is all about.

"Once the first girl comes in and finds the perfect dress, you see the smile and the confidence and the happiness, the joy just spilling off of them," Tointon said. "It makes every frustration worth it."

The prom dress giveaway is also happening Friday, March 20 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Greater Midland North Family Center. Students must bring a school ID to shop.

If you're looking to donate some dresses to "Share the Memories," you can do so all year round at The Greater Midland North Family Center, Greater Midland Community Center or Park Place Homes in Midland.

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