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Residents collect prom dresses for Henryville

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The dresses keep coming for Henryville Operation Prom (HOP) -- an organization started by local residents to help students from Henryville High School.
After prom dress shopping with her daughter, Glenna Cheesman, along with her two daughters, came up with an idea to donate used prom dresses to students in Henryville who'd fallen victim to the devastating tornado and storms.

After posting the idea to their Facebook pages, the women realized how many others were interested.

Within 24 hours, the women had 50 dresses to donate. Now the group, called Henryville Operation Prom (HOP) has more than 200 dresses that have been donated. Some dresses have even been shipped from places like, Ohio, Illinois, South Carolina and Florida.

Glenna, along with her daughters Emilee Cheesman and Marleah Tryon, have been driving to locations around the Wabash Valley to pick up dresses, as well as having dress drop off days.

"One day I drove from West Terre Haute to Marshal to Farmersburg to Vincennes to Linton, Dugger, Worthington, Clay City, Patricksburg to Greencastle and back home," Glenna said. "That was all in one day, and we got 35-40 dresses."

Recently, HOP had a dress drop off in Brazil.

"We had such a wonderful turnout," Glenna said. "People were just pulling in -- it was like a drive-through."

Two residents told Glenna they'd drove by and seen her sign, but didn't have any dresses to give. The locals went to Goodwill, buying dresses to donate to HOP.

In the 2-3 hours during the drop off, HOP collected 40 dresses.

"Our total goal was 100 dresses," Glenna said. "I had a woman contact me who owns a bridal shop, and she wants to donate 50 dresses. We're not counting those yet, because we don't have them physically yet. But if we get all the dresses people are saying they're going to give us, we'll have around 350-400."

Although they have received many dresses, the group is still in need of dress shirts, dress pants and ties for the male students.

Currently, HOP is working with school officials in Henryville to find a location to distribute the dresses. The group is also in need of a van to transport the hundreds of dresses.

"They won't all fit in my car," Glenna said.

This Saturday, HOP plans to have another dress drop off in Plainfield. Glenna added HOP might have another drop off in Brazil right before they leave for Louisville, Ky., on April 4, to distribute the prom donations.

"This has been completely community-driven," Glenna said.

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Fabulous....Henryville will be loaded to the gills with prom stuff and that's great. Several other "groups" have been doing this too. It's really nice for the kids to have a great memory out of all their sadness and destruction.

Lady Antebellum is giving them a prom to remember although it will not be on their scheduled prom night so LA is giving them a second night to remember and then a concert in Louisville with ALL the proceeds going to the Henryville Disaster Fund. How great is that!

Thank you to everybody who has contributed in some form or fashion to those folks down there in Southern Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Mar 29, 2012, at 11:44 AM

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