Prom Closet Helps Girls Across the Panhandle


It all started with one dress.

"About seven years ago, we had a little girl come in who had a date to prom but didn't have a dress," Kelly Talkington, the nurse at Palo Duro High School said. 

So began the Prom Closet. After helping find a dress for that first student years ago, Talkington and Shannon Mashburn, the school's theatre teacher, started this project, making sure every girl has the ability to get the perfect dress for prom.

"That's kind of what this is about. Making every girl feel pretty, you know. Really pretty, and feel like a princess one night of her life," Mashburn said. 

Donations keep the Prom Closet full, which is good news for Talkington and Mashburn, because these ladies have already given away 25 dresses to girls this spring.

They have helped hundreds of girls over the years, and while the program started in AISD, studnts from around the Panhandle have gotten dresses from the Prom Closet.

And the ladies who make it all happen say...They can always use more dresses.

"There's prom dresses in closets all over town that'll never be worn again. So if we can get them out of those closets and repurpose the dresses and let these girls have a chance with them,  it will make a lot of girls happy," Talkington said.

Making Panhandle girls very happy on prom night, with the perfect dress.

And Mashburn said, they want to help the boys as well. If you or your business are interested in donating dresses, suits, or discount coupons for rentals and dry-cleaning, they will accept any help they can get.

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