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Apex church collecting dresses, accessories for annual prom shop

Posted February 12, 2012

The other week, while closet cleaning, I made the decision to keep my prom dress. The short, black number with little bows on the straps isn't anything special. It's a little faded and dusty now and definitely out of date. But what are special are the memories of a fun night with friends many, many years ago, wearing my very first formal dress.

So my own prom was fresh in my mind when Stacy Kivett, a stay at home mom in Apex, emailed me about her church's annual prom store for underprivileged girls. Kivett and other volunteers hope to make prom just as special for those girls too. Stacy Kivett Apex church collecting dresses, accessories for annual prom store

Now in its third year, The Prom Shoppe is an outreach ministry of Apex United Methodist Church. The shop collects formal dresses, jewelry, shoes, handbags, unused make-up and money to help young women have a memorable prom day. Last year, the program served 300 girls. This year, Kivett said they hope to serve 500. The girls receive everything for free.

"Every young girl dreams of wearing a beautiful dress on two special days, her prom and her wedding," Kivett wrote me. "It is our hope that we can make this dream come true for at least one of these special days."

The church collects formal wear and donations all year for the prom store. All donations are tax deductible. Kivett said they still need more dresses and other items, particularly gowns in larger sizes. Anytime Dry Cleaners in Apex has donated dry cleaning services for the dresses.

Kivett also wants to get the word out about The Prom Shoppe to girls who might need some help getting ready for the prom. They have sent information to local high school guidance counselors across the region, along with agencies that serve needy kid and families. Shoppers don't need to register or sign up to attend, they can just show up, Kivett said.

"This is for girls who are really in need," Kivett said.

This year, the Prom Shoppe is from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 24, at The Peak United Methodist Church, 1200 N. Salem St., in Apex, which is part of Apex United's faith community. Donations for the sale can be dropped off at Apex United, 100 S. Hughes St., Apex.

For more details on how you can help or shop, watch my interview with Kivett and go to The Prom Shoppe's website. Kivett also welcomes emails at

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  • 2thebeach Feb 13, 2012

    My daughters donated their prom dresses to a similar cause; the dresses were worn at their proms the previous year. The dresses were not out of style at all and very well received by the agency. Please help with this or a similar project if you can.

  • Nicole Rose Feb 13, 2012

    I applaud this ministry as well as the generosity of Anytime Dry Cleaners!

  • little blue 2 Feb 13, 2012

    This is a great idea. But I hope they aren't serious about the statement "dresses should be in like-new condition and currently in style." I would think that most dresses hanging around in closets are no longer currently in style.