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Published On: Mar 13 2013 09:33:08 PM CDT
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -

Asbury United Methodist Church's Blessed Dressed Ministry in Greeneville has announced the shopping dates and hours of operation for "The Prom Closet."

"The Prom Closet" is the outlet store for the church's Blessed Dressed ministry, which is aimed at providing an affordable shopping alternative for local high school girls who wish to attend their prom or formal dance.

"The Prom Closet" will operate out of Greeneville Federal Bank's downtown drive-thru building on the corner of Irish and Summer streets.

The Prom Closet will open for shoppers from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 18, through Friday, March 22, and from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23.

Signs will be posted to indicate the entrance to the building.

Shoppers may try on dresses before they make their selection. Each dress is available for sale to local high school girls for $10.

Any profit realized from the sale of dresses will be used to build "The Prom Closet" inventory for next year's Blessed Dressed ministry event.

"We are still in need of donated dresses," said Blessed Dressed ministry coordinator Barbara Lawson.

The community is encouraged to donate gently used or new in-style formal dresses (prom, bridesmaid or pageant dresses) to be used in this ministry. Lawson suggested that families who can afford to buy "retail" dresses for their daughters' proms consider shopping for a dress to donate to Blessed Dressed Ministry as they shop for their own.

Dress donations can be dropped off at the Asbury UMC, 201 S. Main Street. Use the church office entrance off of Summer St., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gently used dresses should be cleaned and mended, if possible, before donation. Lawson noted that there is a great need for dresses in women's sizes 12 to 28.

Cash contributions are also being accepted, and will be used to purchase additional dresses for the ministry. Monetary donations should be marked for Blessed Dressed Ministry and brought or mailed to the church office at the above address.

For more information about Blessed Dressed Ministry and "The Prom Closet," call Barbara Lawson at (423) 639-4933 or the Asbury UMC office at (423) 798-1050