More than six months after Hurricane Florence devastated many in eastern North Carolina, high school prom and the associated expenses are fast approaching. A local organization has popped up to help girls by providing gently-used formal wear free-of-charge.

Jayne Calhoun, who works for the Town of Cedar Point, has seen first-hand how Florence has and continues to impact the eastern coastal NC area. With so many families still recovering and rebuilding, she realized expensive prom dresses might be out of reach for many girls this year. So she put the word out to her friends and family, collected donated formal gowns, shoes and services and opened up shop. Jamie Vogel has graciously opened her home to house the Closet, which will be open again Sunday, March 30 from noon to 3 p.m. at 109 Hope Town Court in Cedar Point.

“We wanted girls to be able to enjoy their prom without bearing the financial burden of purchasing an expensive dress,” Calhoun said. She was overwhelmed with the generosity of those donating new and gently-worn gowns, shoes and accessories. Cash donations and certificates for hair appointments have also been added to the Closet.

Donations of formal gowns, cocktail dresses, shoes and accessories are still welcome.

In addition to the Mar. 30 open hours, private appointments are available by texting 252-503-5428. Calhoun is also working on bringing the Closet to one or more of the area high schools.

For pictures of some of the available gowns, visit Facebook: Cinderella’s Closet.