MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A local non-profit organization provided free prom dresses to dozens of high school students in need on Saturday.
Archie's Promise Prom Dress Drive was held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.
Claressa Johnson is the event organizer for the third annual event. She recently told Nashville's News 2 she began collecting the prom dresses for the event last fall.
"It's so important for young girls to not miss their prom. It's a once in a lifetime event. Just because you can't afford it or money's tight, we're here to help," Johnson said.
Johnson said the goal of the annual event is to help ease the finance costs that are often associated with prom.
"Just finding the need for girls that cannot afford to go to prom and missing out on their prom because they couldn't afford a dress, so I thought we would start an organization where we can give the girls that can't afford it, give them a chance to go to prom," she said.
Brittney McCutchon was just one student that took advantage of the prom dress drive. She told Nashville's News 2 she is grateful for the organization.
"My mom is unemployed and my dad, he gets a job when he can. We don't have a lot of money, so it's really, really good," McCutchon said.
Johnson said helping young girls find their prom dress is a dream come true.
"It just makes your day, we've all been in tears all day long," Johnson said.
The prom dress giveaway was open to students on the free or reduced lunch program, those that have a parent on disability, or whose family is impacted by unemployment.
This was the first year Archie's Promise expanded outside of Rutherford County to help high school students in need in multiple counties.
The event organizer said she hopes to one day expand the organization to surrounding states so other high school students will also have the opportunity to go to prom.
Click here for more information on Archie's Promise.