McEachern-Based Chapter of Becca’s Closet Keeps Prom Dreams Alive For Fifth Year

When the McEachern High School Chapter of Becca’s Closet began collecting prom dresses four years ago, they had no idea it would lead to such an outpouring of community support. Becca’s Closet is the inspiration of Florida high school student, Rebecca Kirtman.  Noticing that fellow classmates had to miss their own prom, homecoming, and other formal events because they could not afford a gown, Becca began collecting hundreds of dresses on her own.  She literally handed gowns out of her closet to those who could not afford them.  After she was killed in a car accident, her family and friends made it their mission to carry out her acts of kindness and the organization Becca’s Closet was established. Now, with over 75 chapters operating across the world, Becca’

s Closet offers dresses to girls right here in Metro Atlanta.

beccascloset.jpgThe Metro Atlanta Chapter, sponsored out of McEachern High School has doubled in size over the last four years, hosting club meetings each Thursday after school.  The students plan events and host dress fittings for girls who travel from across Georgia to find a dress.  With the help of sponsors such as PromUSA in Douglasville who donated over $56, 000 in dresses, shoes, jewelry, and handbags just this year, what started as a few dresses, quickly has grown to over 600 gowns.  Town Center Mall in Kennesaw has graciously offered space for fundraisers, dress, fittings, and the group’s first ever prom fashion show this Feb 23 at 3:00p.m.  Barbizon Modeling and Talent will also be helping with the event.  Alphagraphics located in a building directly across from Town Center Mall has given the group 1200 sq. ft. of space to open a store throughout March.  Girls with appointments will be able to be fitted in a real store setting with the help of Becca’s Closet volunteer personal shoppers. 

The McEachern community has joined the clubs efforts as well, providing much of the support required make these large events happen.  The school’s drama and construction department has helped build the fashion show and store backdrop and furnishings.  The special education job training class helped size and sort the dresses on racks.  The fashion marketing class helped organize the fashion show as well as run the dress design contest in conjunction with the fashion show.  The cosmetology classes are providing the hair and make-up for the fashion show.  The band has lent space and dress racks for club dress fittings while school students have volunteered as club members or as models for the fashion show.  Truly a group effort, the idea of one student in Florida has become a cause for a community to rally around.

The club is always looking for more ways to reach the girls who need gowns.  The organization has already formed partnerships with clubs such as United Way of Metro Atlanta, Foster Care Support System, Atlanta Union Mission, Cobb DFCS, and Future Seekers. If you or a student you know needs a gown, please contact the McEachern chapter to make an appointment at 770-361-0802 or at mhsbeccascloset@yahoo.com.  Supporters can also join the group at its upcoming February 23 fashion show at 3:00 p.m. in Town Center Mall.  If you are interested in helping, the club is always in need of dresses (especially plus sizes) and accessories as well as rolling dress racks.  All donations are tax deductible.