Project Self-Sufficiency seeking prom-dress donations


A teen girl selects a prom dress on board the mobile prom shop offered by Project Self-Sufficiency.

NEWTON — Project Self-Sufficiency is seeking donations of new and gently-used formal wear, including prom dresses, bridesmaids’ dresses, gowns for mothers-of-the-bride, evening bags, jewelry, wraps and shawls, as well as shoes in good condition for display in the agency’s annual “Sister-to-Sister” Prom Shop.
Dresses must be dry cleaned and on a hanger. In the shop, which is housed on Project Self-Sufficiency’s Newton campus, gowns and accessories are displayed in a boutique-like setting, and girls are invited to select shoes, wraps and jewelry to complement their dress.
This month, the Sister-to-Sister Prom Shop will also be taken on the road on board PSS Journey, the agency’s mobile services vehicle, prior to setting up its usual location at Project Self-Sufficiency. Pop-up boutiques will be established at Halsted Middle School, Jefferson Township High School, Newton High School, High Point High School, Hopatcong High School, Lenape Valley Regional High School, North Warren Regional High School, Vernon Township High School, and Wallkill Valley Regional High School.
“We have traditionally been fortunate to have a large collection of beautiful gowns and accessories in our collection, but we are in need of more donations from the community at this time,” commented Deborah Berry-Toon, Executive Director of Project Self-Sufficiency. “Every young woman deserves the chance to have a beautiful dress for that special, once-in-a-lifetime event. We are grateful to the community for their continued support of this exciting initiative year after year.”
Donations will be accepted through mid-April, Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Friday, 9-4 p.m.
Project Self-Sufficiency is located at 127 Mill Street in Newton. For information about the Sister-to-Sister Prom Shop, or to find out more about any of the programs at Project Self-Sufficiency, call 973-940-3500 or 844-807-3500, or visit www.projectselfsufficiency.org.