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Local shop donates dresses for Marshalltown Homecoming

Posted: 5:03 PM, Sep 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-06 22:28:13Z

A big donation from a local company to help a tornado ravaged town in a unique way.

Hundreds of dresses are ready to go to Marshalltown, Iowa and be given to juniors and seniors for free to be worn at their Homecoming dance.  In July, tornados severely damaged the town northeast of Des Moines and the two places that sold dresses have not re-opened.

The Marshalltown Community School District says about 70% of students are on reduced or free lunches, and they've worked to locate all the displaced families and kids.

More than 600 dresses are being donated by Cinderella's Formal Gown Rental and by others.

"Anytime there's a disaster that's the last thing that some body's going to think of is you know I want to buy a dress.  So why deprive the girls of a dress when an act of God happened?" said Terri Smieja, owner of Cinderella's Formal Gown Rental.

Students can try on the dresses on Saturday.  Sophomores and freshman can purchase them for $15.   The Homecoming dance is on September 29.