Navarro High School teens play fairy godmother

Students collecting free prom dresses

Author: Charles Gonzalez, Reporter, Anchor,
Published On: Apr 19 2013 07:19:49 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 19 2013 10:00:34 PM CDT
NAVARRO, Texas -

A pair of Navarro high school seniors are collecting formal dresses to give away to area students who may not be able to afford a dress for prom.

Jaylin Gamboa and Tahlia Gill, seniors at Navarro High School, said they've heard plenty of classmates talking about prom over the last few weeks and not every conversation they picked up on was a positive one.

"We overhead a lot of girls in the school talking about how expensive it was and we wanted to try to make it more affordable," said Gamboa. "We thought about the most expensive thing for girls and it is the dress and we thought this would help them out a lot."

Both said dresses can run from $200 to $800, so they teamed up and began collecting dresses in late March, some from their own closets.

"We've got about 30 dresses and actually a lot of stores have donated jewelry too," said Gill. "If they couldn't donate dresses, they'd give us a lot of earrings or necklaces that are good for prom."

"A lot of them are coming from friends or teachers who have had kids come here in the past, they're donating their dresses," added Gamboa.

The dresses and jewelry will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis Thursday, April 25, and Friday, April 26, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Navarro high school. It's open to students from all over the area and the girls are still collecting dresses.

"We didn't think it would be this big or we'd get this much response but it's been really good and we love it," said Gill.

"I would love knowing that a girl from our school came here and picked out one of the dresses and actually liked one and wore it out and enjoyed it," Gamboa said. 

If you are interested in donating items, you can contact Navarro high school at 830-372-1931. Dresses can also be dropped off in care of Mrs. Hudson or Mrs. Hensley.

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