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Opelousas prom dress giveaway nearing

Donations are still being accepted
Posted at 5:27 PM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 19:12:11-05

OPELOUSAS — A free prom dress giveaway in Opelousas is nearing and organizers are asking for volunteers and hoping to get the word out to girls in need.

The Granny's Girl Project is once again collecting dresses for prom. This is the third year the dress drive has been happening for St. Landry Parish.

Organizer LaTasha Benson says she began this drive after hearing from a local girl who said she couldn't afford a dress and didn't want to attend prom.

"Right then and there, I knew I had to do something," Benson said. "I know I was fortunate that I had my parents and my grandmothers."

It's the thought of her grandmothers that made her choose to call the project Granny's Girl.

"My grandmothers dressed to kill," Benson said.

In her home, dozens of glittering and flowing dresses are waiting for those who need a bit of help this year. The girls will have a chance to pick a dress and select shoes and other accessories.

The Granny's Girl Project is still looking for dress donations. Dresses can be dropped of at Royal Garden Subdivision or St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church on Sundays in Opelousas.

Those wanting to help can contact Benson at 337-739-9068.

The giveaway event will be held in a small comfortable venue at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Opelousas.

"We are going to have a good time. I just want the young ladies to be as comfortable as possible."

The ladies won't be the only ones getting all the love. Tickets will be given to 15 boys who attend so they can get free haircuts. LaTasha's son will be providing that service to the boys.

The giveaway happens on Saturday, February 29 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.