Project provides prom dresses for girls in need

Linda Anderson knows graduation can be a huge expense for families.
There are event tickets, pictures and formal wear. A prom dress can cost upwards of $200.

Linda Anderson displays some of the dresses she has collected.

Linda Anderson displays some of the dresses she has collected.

Linda Anderson knows graduation can be a huge expense for families. There are event tickets, pictures and formal wear. A prom dress can cost upwards of $200. That’s why Anderson has created Talia’s Closet, in partnership with Abbotsford Community Services. The project strives to alleviate some of the financial stress associated with graduation by acquiring new or gently-worn classic and vintage-style gowns and accessories for local grads.“I could feel that the community had a huge need due to economic circumstances,” said Anderson, volunteer project coordinator. “It would be an honour just to be able to help (these girls) so they don’t feel inferior.” Anderson has collected about 15 prom dresses over the past two years, in a range of sizes and colours. She also has a selection of shoes, handbags and costume jewelry. Talia’s Closet operates on a limited budget and currently needs dry storage for the gowns. This will allow Anderson to canvass for more donations and offer a larger selection. She also hopes to eventually partner with dry cleaners in Abbotsford, and find a volunteer seamstress to provide minor alternations, such as hemming. Fusion Hair Design is holding a fundraising event on April 3 benefiting Talia’s Closet. Proceeds from all services that day will be donated back to the project in gift certificates. A $50 tax-deductible receipt from Abbotsford Community Services is available for dress donations. For more information or to make a donation, contact Anderson at 778-982-0208 or andersontimeless56@gmail.com.