Rootstown event to provide free prom attire to area high school students

With prom season fast approaching, Rootstown’s Do Something Ministry of Community Bible Church is planning its free annual Prom On Us event to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 at Cook Hall in NEW center at Northeastern Ohio Medical University. , 4211 Route 44, Rootstown

According to Vickie Smith, the church’s Do Something ministry coordinator, the goal of the event is to provide prom attire to local teens who will attend one of the area’s prom events this year.

The event is open to any student from any Northeastern Ohio county who may need access to boys’ or girls’ clothing in order to attend a prom this year.

The church has already received donations of more than 300 prom dresses as well as dress shoes and jewelry and many men’s dress clothes including shoes, dress shirts, jackets and ties. Cosmetology students at Theodore Roosevelt High School will provide free hair, makeup and nail support. Free snacks and drinks will be provided to attendees and there will be raffles for merchandise or services donated by local businesses.

Area residents are encouraged to participate by donating prom or homecoming dresses and attire or even bridesmaids and men’s shirts and ties to the Community Bible Church to help make this event even more successful.

“We are excited about the prospect of the fourth annual Prom On Us event. To our knowledge, this is the first widespread effort to meet the needs of the community in this way. said Smith. “Over the years we’ve helped quite a few young people with their prom needs.”

Donations of appropriate prom attire can be dropped off at Community Bible Church, 3671 Tallmadge Road in Rootstown, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday through March 3. Donation collection can be arranged if needed by contacting Vickie Smith at 330-577-6210 or the church office at 330-325-9449.

The Do Something Ministry’s primary mission is to serve pockets of need in local communities and provides voluntary services in cooperation with a number of area agencies including First Glance in Kenmore; Miller House in Kent; a safer future for Portage County; and Children’s Advantage in Ravenna.

“Due to COVID advisories, all donors and attendees are urged to follow current state safety precautions,” Smith said. “Things are pretty tough for some of our residents, many of whom have been unemployed during this pandemic and we’re excited to help provide free prom attire to help our families bring their eligible members to prom. Our idea for Prom On Us is a way for our church to reach out to the community around us.

Volunteers from several local communities and/or churches will be on hand to help students choose their attire.

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