The United Sisters of Color, a grass-roots group of civic-minded local women, wants to make sure Boston’s young men and women look their best at the prom this spring.
Over the coming months, the group will be collecting tuxedos and prom dress as part of its third-annual Operation Prom Dress.
“I remember how important prom was for me; it was a rite of passage,” explained Anjela Childs, co-founder of the organization. “Fortunately I had parents who could send me, but that’s not the case for everyone.”
The group, which formed in 2012, started the first Operation Prom Dress that year and helped 12 girls go out looking their best. Since then the donations have grown and in 2013 close to 225 boys and girls found themselves going to prom in fine evening dresses and slick tuxedos.
“It’s not just some dance; it’s the last major event before they graduate, so it’s special,” Childs added.
The initiative isn’t the only work the organization does in the community, but Childs said it plays right into the group’s mission.
“We’re just a small group of girlfriends who wanted to give back and connect with each other and our community,” said Childs. “We live in this community, we know its social ills and we felt we could no longer sit idle. It’s important to try to create change in the community you live in.”
Possible donations include new or lightly used gowns, suits, tuxedos, shirts, ties, shoes, and accessories.
All donations must be dry cleaned.
Below is a list of donation dates and locations:
February 8 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Dudley Branch Library
February 22 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Grove Hall Branch Library
March 8 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Grove Hall Branch Library and Mattapan Branch Library
April 5 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Mattapan Branch Library
More information about Operation Prom Dress or the United Sisters of Color can be found here.