Operation Prom Donates Dresses to High School Students
It’s called Operation Prom. A national non-profit organization run by high school students for high school students. It started eight years ago in New York and now thanks to a group of ten Saint Joseph Academy teenagers both Brownsville and the state of Texas have their very first chapter.
“We had to fill out an application explaining all of the things we will be doing here in Brownsville and get approved by the chapter. But the benefit is that we are a part of this bigger organization,” says Operation Prom moderator Amanda Sampayo.
The concept is simple. The program seeks to collect and donate prom dresses to high school students in the Brownsville area in need of assistance.
“That will be their dress to take home or if they care to they can donate it back,” says Sampayo.
She hopes to make this program an annual event within the Brownsville community.
“It has really opened my eyes to all the service opportunities that you can have around Brownsville. It is such a great place to be involved and really make small differences here and there,” says Operation Prom volunteer student Juan Antonio Solis.
Solis says he is excited to be a part of an organization and was inspired by other students across the country.
“One of them was Operation Prom so we got the idea from other Marist students from across the country and we decided to bring it back to Brownsville,” says Solis.
Eugenia Vivanco hopes Operation Prom will continue to grow because it really does make an impact in the lives of young girls.
“People might say that the dress isn't that important but if you think about it in high school for a girl it is something that very important to be able to enjoy your prom. The dress is a big part of that,” says Vivanco.
The students are continuing to accept donations and currently have collected seventy dresses.
Donations will be accepted until March 27th at all three locations listed below.
SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY, 101 SAINT JOSEPH DRIVE
BROWNSVILLE MUSEUM OF FINE ART, 660 E. RINGGOLD STREET
SAINT MARY’S CHURCH, 1914 BARNARD ROAD
Here is a list of all those who made this project possible.
Marist Youth Leaders:
Jose Luis Martinez
Juan Antonio Solis