Brenda Gregorio-Nieto

The Princess Project Teams Up With Local Libraries to Help Teens Find Their Perfect Dress

“We’ve had a lot of moms cry and thank us through their tears," said El Cajon Youth Services Librarian Fumiko Osada

For some teens, it would be a dream come true to wear a beautiful gown to prom, but most of the time those gowns come with a hefty price tag.

That's why county libraries are teaming up with The Princess Project to collect gently-used gowns to donate to teenagers in need.

Until April 15, nearly three dozen county libraries will be accepting dress and accessory donations. The organization said that any donated dresses should be dry-cleaned, no more than five years old and come with a hanger.

The Princess Project helps local girls by providing them with free prom dresses and accessories. NBC 7’s Ashley Matthews talks to The Princess Site and Project Chairs to learn more about their upcoming drive.

The dresses can be any style, size, and length but must be stylish and appropriate for young women. Accessories like jewelry, evening clutches, and bags are welcomed too, but not shoes.

“It’s not a true gown giveaway until mom cries,” said El Cajon Youth Services Librarian Fumiko Osada. “We’ve had a lot of moms cry and thank us through their tears.”

The dresses will be given away from April 5 to April 27. Any teen from any high school across the county can sign up on The Princess Project’s website.

Alma Lyles, with the Princess Project in San Diego, visits the NBC 7 Studies to explain why donating a prom dress to the organization can make one girl’s dream come true.

To sign up, participants must fill out an online waiver and book their appointment online ahead of time. All teens will also need to show their high school ID.

The giveaways will take place at The Princess Project’s following locations: the Mission Valley Boutique, the South Chula Vista Library, the Vista Library, and the El Cajon Library.

To learn more about this event and to sign up, visit The Princess Project's website.

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