Friday, March 16, 2012
An annual tradition is returning April 14 to help teens in the Valley dress with style while not breaking their piggy banks.
The low-cost "Dress for Less" charity sales event will give local girls a chance to buy a beautiful dress for just $10, while donating event proceeds to local youth groups.
The sale, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Drive, is free to attend.
"This is a way to recycle and give back to the girls in the community," said Christine Keith, event organizer. "It's also a lot of fun."
Last year's event drew about 350 teens and parents during the four-hour event and more than 100 dresses were purchased.
"The girls are buying them for prom, dances, weddings and promotions," said Keith. "We are happy to be able to provide dresses at an affordable price."
New and gently used dresses, shoes, purses and accessories are welcomed as donations from women and other teens in the valley to meet the need.
Accessories, including shoes, purses and jewelry, are usually priced at $3.
Donations may be dropped off at two sites that have agreed to collect them: Curves, at 1108 12th St., open daily, and Valley Christian Church thrift shop at 975 Indian Creek Drive, open Mondays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Small dress sizes are appreciated with both current and retro dress styles accepted.
The event represents a win-win-win for the community with closets cleared, youth groups supported and teen girls happy with an opportunity to own attractive and stylish gowns at an affordable cost.
For anyone wishing to donate, the Dress for Less volunteers will happily arrange to pick up gowns and other items if needed.
Those wishing to receive more information on the event or contest (below) can phone Jessie Page at 541-387-8811 or Christine Keith at 541-490-1632.
Contest for Cash
A new twist has been added to the annual Dress for Less recycled prom fashion sales event, whose organizers hope to ensure that every Hood River Valley young lady has a beautiful dress for the prom.
"The youth group or organization that collects the most donated formal and semi-formal dresses will receive $100 to support their organization," said Keith.
"We are working on increasing donations and we came up with a friendly competition to help," she added.
All organizations wishing to participate in the contest need to collect and turn in their dresses by April 1. Contact Keith at email@example.com.
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge