NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Girls whose families were wiped out by Hurricane Sandy can still party in style, thanks to a New York City charity that has collected more than 1,000 prom dresses for the storm’s victims.
The nonprofit group Where to Turn held a free dress expo at New Dorp High School in Staten Island on Saturday for teenagers whose families lost homes and cars in the massive storm. People from all over the country, as well as a Hollywood marketing firm and a prom dress company in New England, contributed gowns to the event, held in a neighborhood devastated by flooding.
The group has held smaller dress giveaways in recent years to help kids from down-and-out families afford prom night, but this year’s event took on new significance after the storm damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Where to Turn executive director Dennis McKeon told WCBS 880 reporter Jim Smith that the offer is available to anybody who was impacted by Sandy.