Anna Mapstone, a senior at Providence Christian, is collecting prom style dresses and hosting an event so that girls who normally would not be able to afford a prom dress have the chance to go to prom.
Anna Mapstone, a senior at Providence Christian School, it the perfect example of a person who lives by the motto that it is far more important to do things for other people.
Volunteering time for community service projects is nothing new to Mapstone, she has volunteered all her life and completed her required 100 hours of community service during her sophomore year of high school.
“All of her volunteer efforts come from the heart,” said Jane Mapstone, Anna’s mother. “I’m extremely proud of my daughter and all of her efforts.”
Recently Anna’s heart has gone out to girls that cannot go to prom because they are unable to afford a dress. Instead of sitting idly by, she decided to do what she could to help change that for as many girls as she can: she has started collecting prom style dresses and will hold an event at the end of February where girls can come ‘shop’ for their dresses.
“Anna has gone to yard sales, consignment shops, church members and her own closet to find dresses. So far she has acquired more than 65 dresses and her goal is to get 100 dresses,” said Jane.
Secondhand Savvy’s Consignment Boutique in Brandon is also supporting the fundraiser by helping out at the Prom Dress Event. The shop will be donating some of the prom dresses as well as help with clothing racks to hold the dresses on the day of the event.
The event will take place at Victory Baptist Church on Saturday, February 25 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be refreshments and music for the girls while they ‘shop’ for their prom dress. Since there are a limited number of dresses in all different sizes, the dresses will be given away on a first come-first serve basis.
Victory Baptist Church is located at 4243 Lumsden Rd in Valrico. Anyone interested in donating prom dresses or getting involved with the event should e-mail Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org.