By Pauline Masson

Pacific Missourian Editor

Spring is just around the corner and the Pacific prom dress ladies are busy sorting through donated party dresses in preparation for the first proms of the year in April.

Donated new and gently used party dresses are sorted by size and stored on racks in the prom dress closet located at Riverbend School at 2085 Highway N.

The prom dress program originated as a ministry of Pacific Presbyterian Church and has now grown to be a service project hosted by the Meramec Valley R-III School District to serve teens throughout the area.

Designed to provide prom or other special event dresses to girls, the program was later expanded to include shoes, purses, jewelry and boys’ clothing.

After the school district agreed to host the program, under the chairmanship of Jeannie Bandermann, the number of donated dresses grew and the program was expanded to include other area school districts.

Bandermann keeps a calendar of all proms in the area and notifies the schools that girls can find party dresses in the Riverbend School prom dress room.

As proms near, girls and boys are invited to the prom dress closet where they can have their pick of any clothing item and can try them on in an adjoining dressing room. There is no cost for any item in the collection.

Individuals who have prom dresses they no longer need are invited to donate them to the program. To donate a dress or other dress-up item, contact Jeannie Bandermann at 314-960-4694.

Days when the prom dress closet will be open for April proms will be announced soon.