As prom season approaches, Reston Community Center is participating in its 16th annual Diva Central Dress Drive.
Beginning today through Feb. 28, the center will collect gently-used formal wear, including dresses, shoes, jewelry, handbags, scarves, shawls and accessories, at its Hunters Woods and Lake Anne locations.
RCC is accepting donations between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. All donations are tax-deductible.
Donations should ideally be no older than five years old and dry cleaned before donation. If items cannot be dry cleaned, RCC staff should be notified during drop-off.
At a giveaway on March 24, dresses will be given to Reston-area middle and high school students. This year’s event will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at RCC Lake Anne (1609-A Washington Plaza).
Diva Central aims to promote self-confidence by providing dresses to students, including middle schoolers who participate in school dances.
Eileen Boone, RCC’s leisure and learning director, said the drive will help alleviate the financial burden often experienced by local teens as they prepare for school dances.
“We hope to lessen that financial burden by giving local teens the opportunity to create their entire prom or dance look for free,” she said.
Photo via Reston Community Center