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Donate prom dresses, accessories for LI teens in need

Hundreds of pairs of shoes are donated each

Hundreds of pairs of shoes are donated each year at the Prom Boutique event. NCC students, faculty and administration sort all of the shoes, along with volunteers from the community. (April 2012) Credit: Handout

As the average high school girl prepares for prom, it can be easy to get caught up in the search for the perfect dress, the glamorous hairstyles and the makeup appointments. But for others who are less fortunate, it's a source of stress as they try to figure out how they are going to even buy a dress at all. This year, more Long Islanders are struggling than ever after superstorm Sandy, and the Long Island Volunteer Center and Nassau Community College are here to help.

This will be the 19th year that they host their “Prom Boutique” event, and they're hoping to get more prom dress and accessory donations than ever. Last year, more than 2,500 dresses were donated, many from top retailers.

“This is a program that touches the lives of young ladies in a very personal and meaningful way,“ said Diana O'Neil, executive director of the Long Island Volunteer Center,  “as prom is a threshold event and right of passage from high school to the next chapter of their lives.“

Drop-off sites are placed around Long Island and anyone with new or gently used dresses, prom gowns, bridesmaid gowns, special occasion shoes, costume jewelry and other accessories are asked to donate by April 7.

Students who are in need of a dress should have their high school guidance counselors reach out to the Long Island Volunteer Center at 516-564-5482. They will be invited to Nassau Community College to pick out their prom looks.

The drop-off locations and times are listed below.


LIVOAD Volunteer Recovery Center; 175 Central Ave. South

Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 516-586-8836


Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church community room; 53 Prospect Rd.

Sunday noon to 2 p.m.; 631-754-9045


St. John's Episcopal Church; 1670 Route 25A

Sunday noon to 2 p.m.; 516-692-6368


AT Stewart Exchange; 109 11th St.

Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday noon to 4 p.m.; 516-746-8900

Free People, Roosevelt Field mall; 630 Old Country Rd.

Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.;  516-873-7380


Westy Self-Storage; 2400 Marcus Ave.

Sunday noon to 2 p.m.; 516-327-5000


YES Community Counseling Center; 152 Center Lane

Sunday noon to 2 p.m.; 516-799-3203


nu Best; 1482 Northern Blvd.

Sunday noon to 2 p.m.; 516-267-9444


Somerset Gardens Senior Living; 150 Sunnyside Blvd.

Sunday noon to 2 p.m.; 516-576-3330 Ext. 34


Lucky Finds Boutique Ltd.; 7 North Park Ave.

Sunday noon to 2 p.m.; 516-442-4600


Junior League of Long Island Thrift Shop; 1395 Old Northern Blvd.

Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 516-621-4890


St. Anthony's High School- Villanova Alumni Association; 275 Wolf Hill Rd.

Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 631-271-2020


Clear Skin Salon; 537 Hempstead Tpke.

Saturday noon to 2 p.m.; 516-481-6500

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