Scores of prom dresses, men’s suits, jewelry, makeup and other items were made available Wednesday for students looking for prom outfits.
The Town of Huntington and police officers from the Second Precinct organized the “Pop-Up Prom Shoppe” at the John Flanagan Senior Center.
Aside from a chance to select items, several modeled their outfits, posed with “say yes to the dress” signs, and left with what they needed for prom or other special occasions.
Town Supervisor Ed Smyth, whose office was used as a collection point in recent weeks, said, “It’s a great event, a great partnership between the town and the Second Precinct, reaching out to the community to make proms a special event. The expenses for proms have started adding up very quickly and one of the big expenses is often the attire and we don’t want that to be a barrier for anybody to not go to prom.”
He joked that many people have clothing that seems to have shrunk over the years, and had donated those items, as did several stores. Many dresses hanging on racks at the giveaway still had retail tags on them.