Families needing prom attire for their teens can attend a free event through the Johnson County Public Library.

Project Prom provides free prom gowns, suits and accessories to students who need clothing for prom.

Organizers also are seeking donations of gently used prom attire.

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Kelly Staten, adult and teens services librarian at Franklin tells you what you need to know.

When and where is it?

Project Prom is at two locations this year. It will be at the Franklin Branch March 17 to 19 and at the White River Branch April 7 to 9. At Franklin, you can browse formal wear from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on March 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 18 and 1 to 4 p.m. March 19. At White River, browse formal wear from 2 to 5 p.m. April 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 and 1 to 4 p.m. April 9.What is Project Prom?Since 2013, Project Prom has been collecting gently used dresses, tuxedos, shoes and accessories and providing formal wear to young men and women who want to attend their prom but may not have the financial means to purchase something to wear. The program is run by the Johnson County Public Library and is at one of the library branches each spring.

How do people donate?

Donations may be dropped off year-round at any Johnson County Public Library location. You may also drop donations off at Sophia’s Bridal, Prom and Tux during prom season. They are located at 2025 E Southport Road, Indianapolis.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost. If a teen finds something to wear to prom, they may take it home for free that day.

Can I deduct a donation?

Yes! All donations are tax deductible. When dropping off donations, please ask for a receipt.

How many are you seeking?

Right now we’re currently in need of plus size dresses. Those typically go very quickly. We also are in need of things for the guys.

What donations are accepted?

Prom dresses, shoes, accessories and tuxedos in any size. Please only donate if they are current style (last four to five years), clean and in good, used condition.

How did you get the idea?

The idea came to me when I was trying to figure out what to do with some of my old prom and bridesmaid dresses that were only worn once but still hanging in my closet. There wasn’t a program in Johnson County at that time that provided free formal wear to students who might need them so I saw a way that the library could fill that void.

Who can get a dress or tux?

Any student who is planning to attend prom and needs formal wear may come browse our selection. You do not have to live in Johnson County to come to the program.

Why is this needed?

The average cost of attending prom is around $900. Many dresses cost upwards of $200 to $300 and tuxedo rentals can be pricey. Project Prom is here to help those in the community who want to attend their prom but may not be able to due to a financial hardship. Over the past few years we’ve helped hundreds of teens find their perfect prom attire and hope to continue to fill the need in the community for many more years to come.

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Magen Kritsch is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at mkritsch@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2770.