Local businesswoman launches local prom dress drive

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Prom can be one of the biggest moments in high school, but it can also be one of the most expensive. A Bowie business owner is hoping to help local girls save by providing free dresses through the first annual prom dress drive.
Mandy Anderson, owner of Circle Up Clothing Co., welcomes girls from all schools who are in need of a prom dress or just want to find a dress they love for their special event. Girls can browse dresses and try them on at Anderson’s store.
The idea came to Anderson from a boutique in her hometown of Mount Vernon that has had great success in its annual prom dress drive.
“There’s a sweet lady in my hometown who does this in her boutique with great success,” said Anderson. “She’s given me the go ahead to borrow her idea.”
Anderson posted on the store’s social media account on Feb. 17 afternoon to gauge the interest in the project, and was overwhelmed by the response. By Saturday, seven dresses had already been donated.
“It was such a success in my hometown that I thought it would be cool to do here, but I wanted to see if there was any interest,” explained Anderson. “The dresses that have been dropped off are gorgeous.”
The drive is still in need of dresses. If interested in donating, call Anderson at 903-767-2794.
Dresses can be dropped off anytime during Circle Up Clothing Co.’s normal business hours from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 201 N. Mason in Bowie. The drive will continue until all area proms are finished.