The Prom Dress Drive will be open to students between the ages of 14 and 19. Only one dress is given per participant.

The Prom Dress Drive will be open to students between the ages of 14 and 19. Only one dress is given per participant.

Many teenagers in the Sacramento area are aware that Prom is just around the corner. With reservations to make, limos to rent, and tuxes to browse, those planning on attending their school’s Prom are very busy this month.

Unfortunately, with the economy the way it is, not everyone can afford all of the luxuries that go along with the biggest dance of the school year. According to a national survey conducted by Visa, the average American family will spend between $696 and $1,944 on Prom for their teen. That’s a 33.6% increase from last year alone.

However, the process doesn’t necessarily have to be as costly. With the help of the North Highlands-Antelope Library Teen Advisory Board, girls in the Sacramento area in need of a dress for Prom may be able to pick one up for free.

The Prom Dress Drive will be open to students between the ages of 14 and 19. Only one dress is given per participant. If you are interested, you should hurry; dress availability is first come, first serve.

If you need a dress for the big night or would like to help someone who does, you can stop by the North Highlands-Antelope Library at 4235 Antelope Road anywhere from March 19th to March 20th. The drive will be open from 1:00-8:00 p.m. on both days.

“I made my own dress,” said Barbara Jordan, a former Prom-goer who graduated in 1961. “Prom has always been expensive, but there are always ways to cut down the cost.”

If you have an old dress of your own, donations are welcome. Dresses must be cleaned before donation, and in fairly good condition. Dresses with severe rips and tears will not be accepted. Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated by the many teens looking to have a fun-and affordable-Prom night.

If you would like to read more statistics about Prom, the costs that go along with it, and ways to keep it affordable, you can go here.