Mac's Prom Experience gives local students a free prom dress

A rack of donated dresses for the Mac's Prom Experience giveaway on Saturday in Medford. (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

Dozens of girls went home with a new dress to wear for prom season on Saturday in Medford, with the help of Mac's Prom Experience. Local high school students formed a long line outside of The Village at Medford Center to look for their perfect dress.

"I wanted to get something for my prom experience, so it was really cool that they were doing this for free," North Medford High School freshman Keziah Richardson said.

There were a total of 600 dresses available for choosing, from all different sizes and colors. After showing their student ID cards, the dresses were given away at no cost.

Freshman Makylee Bowker, who is home schooled, said the giveaway fills a huge need for the local community.

"Prom dresses can be really expensive, so it's cool they have all the old dresses that they can provide for free for the girls that need dresses," Bowker said.

Richardson said she was impressed at the amount and quality of the dresses from the event.

"I was just surprised that so many girls would donate their dresses," Richardson said. "Like the quality, I can tell that they're not going to just give away stuff that isn't good."

Richardson and Bowker said they are hoping to return the favor, by donating their new dresses to the organization next year for others girls to wear again.

Organizer Michelle Carter said the collection of gowns came from a mix of personal donations and donations from local bridal stores.

"I was surprised when I got here," Bowker said. "There's so many people but it shows there there's a big need."

The giveaway will continue until Sunday, from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. at at The Village at Medford Center on 711 Medford Center.

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