‘Once Upon a Prom’ gives girls in need a true prom experience

The Taylor Made Foundation’s ‘Once Upon a Prom Dress Drive’ celebrates its second year

While prom night might be exciting for most, some young girls end up feeling left out when it comes to covering all the expenses this magical night entails. Enter Taylor Made Foundation's "Once Upon a Prom Dress Drive."

The foundation will be collecting gently used prom dresses, shoes, handbags and more to provide underprivileged teens with a memorable prom night.

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Now through Feb. 29, they will be accepting donations in preparation for their “Boutique Day of Empowerment” on March 7. Boutique day is an invitation-only event. In order to attend, recipients must be referred by a school’s guidance counselor, teacher, religious organization or a social service representative.

Founder and executive director of the Taylor Made Foundation, Darnell S. Taylor “spearheads programs serving disadvantaged children, the homeless and the elderly in metro Atlanta,” according to the organization’s website.

Now in its second year, the prom dress drive is ramping up its efforts. "You wouldn't believe how many girls came out of the woodworks, asking for our help and so we really wanted to do it differently this year and open it to more girls," Taylor told Patch.com. Taylor was unable to attend her own prom and is determined to help other young women in similar situations.

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Donations are tax deductible. In addition to accepting gently used prom dresses and accessories, the organization is also in need of monetary donations in order to purchase dresses size 16 to 31, items that are rarely donated.