HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — Many high school students look forward to prom season.
But for young ladies that can mean clothing costs that can reach into the hundreds of dollars for gowns, shoes and accessories.
To help families 'Make Ends Meet,' Urban Valet Cleaners in Hamburg is once again collecting donated "gently used" prom gowns which will be cleaned, pressed and distributed to girls who need them starting on April 5th.
It is the 10th year that Urban Valet Cleaners is conducting the Prom Dress Drive in conjunction with Erie County Legislator Lynn Dixon (who is also running for Erie County Executive).
Kirk Lorkowski, from Urban Valet Cleaners, said the goal is to have 1,000 donated gowns ready for distribution.
"We are a little short this year and can use more donations," Lorkowski told 7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly.
Collection stations have now been set up at several Southtown public library branches and village halls.
Lorkowski said he encourages people to donate old prom gowns by this weekend so there is enough time to clean and process the clothing for an April 5-6 distribution at the Town Hall Plaza in Hamburg.
Besides gowns, Urban Valet Cleaners will also accept gently used prom shoes and accessories.
More information about the Southtowns prom dress drive can be viewed here