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Dresses For Hope gives girls free dresses for homecoming

According to a Visa Inc. Survey from 2015, families in the western United States spend on average $596 for prom night. It's a burden Dresses For Hope wants to ease for students this homecoming season.

Homecoming for many students in the Tri-Cities takes place this weekend, but the cost for dressing up for the dance can put a damper on the night.

However, there's now a group of students hoping to change that by swapping the old for the new to you.

It’s all part of the Dresses For Hope & Exchange For Change event.

Organizer Mackenzie Mills says girls can come in to exchange a formal dress for a different one for a new look or just come in get to get one for free.

"I think that homecoming and proms are really important to girls, especially in high school. They want to feel beautiful on the day and they're stressed about getting a dress that costs a lot of money and so this helps them.”

But just how expensive can getting a new homecoming or prom dress be?

According to a Visa Inc. Survey from 2015, families in the western United States spend on average $596 for prom night.

It's a sticker shock that student volunteer Yelfy Coffey is familiar with: "Because when I go shopping, I see all these really cute dresses and I'm like, ‘Oh my god, these are $600! I'm only wearing it for one day!’"

Getting a free dress doesn't just help the wallet. According to supervisor Maureen McGrath, who's with the Faith Hope & Love Foundation, working the event also gives student volunteers valuable skills.

"They do all of their marketing. They do all the collection of the dresses and the execution of the event and so we're really trying to teach them skills that they're going to be able to take on and use throughout their life."

Meaning these dresses will impact their lives and give them lasting memories.

Dresses For Hope runs Saturday from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the Cynergy Center in Kennewick. It’s located at 4309 W. 27th Ave.

If you miss that event, Mills says to call at (509-591-1640 to schedule an individual appointment.

There will also be a prom-specific Dresses For Hope event in the spring.

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