Metro church helps makes prom dreams come true

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — Prom can be a pricey proposition, but a metro church is helping to make sure that the high cost of a prom dress doesn't keep girls from going.

This week, Woods Chapel Church in Lee's Summit gave away nearly 3,000 new and gently-used formal dresses. For many teen girls, finding just the right prom dress is a dream come true.

"I'm just looking around to see what catches my eye," said Elicia Reuscher, a student at Alta Vista Charter High School. She says that finding a dress for free means a lot.

"Dresses can range from $200 to $400 and getting a free dress, that's alot," said Reuscher.

The church also offered free alterations from professional seamstresses.

"It makes you feel good, said seamstress Judy Simonitsch. "You are doing something good and the faces on the girls when they pick up the dresses, some of them are so giddy they can't even stand still. It's just fun."

This marks the 11th year the church, which collects the dresses year-round, has given away free prom dresses.