The Spartan Chronicles
Becca's Closet Provides Prom Princess DreamsMonday, February 13, 2012 By Courtney Britton and Bureke Kefyalew
SC: What is Becca’s Closet? Mrs. Murphy: Becca’s Closet is an organization that started in Florida by a young lady who was in high school. She wanted to make sure that every girl had the opportunity to go to prom and not have the obstacle of attending prom because she did not have a dress. It was her community service. Unfortunately, she died in a car accident and her parents – in memory of her – continued on the organization. SC: When did Becca’s Closet come to Campbell? Mrs. Murphy: It came to Campbell last year. SC: How do girls who don’t have the finances to get trendy prom dresses sign up for the service? Mrs. Murphy: We have an email address where we ask them to contact us to set up an appointment. We have different times and days available for the girls. We also have a Facebook and a Twitter feed so they can go on there and find out when the next available opportunity is. The Facebook page is Becca's Closet CHS and Twitter is @Chsbeccascloset SC: I heard the dresses are donated. Where do they come from? Mrs. Murphy: They come from the main Becca’s Closet that is here in metro Atlanta, it’s up in Kennesaw. Becca’s Closet has close to 5,000 dresses there and a lot of the dresses there are donated from Macy’ and a lot of different bridal shops. I would say about 80% of the dresses are brand new with the tags still on them. Only a small percentage of the dresses donated are worn and donated. SC: How does Becca’s Closet work? Do girls get to pick out the dresses? Mrs. Murphy: They do. The dresses are divided by size and the girls can try on as many dresses as they want until they find the one they want. They’re only allowed to take one. We do prom, military balls, middle school dances, homecoming…all the different fancy times a girl needs to get dressed up. SC: Can girls donate dresses? Mrs. Murphy: Yes, we take donations all the time. We’re constantly getting dresses throughout the week. SC: How many girls on average sign up for Becca’s Closet? Mrs. Murphy: Last year, it was our first year and we had 47 girls. And they’re not just students from this school; we get them from other schools because there’s no other location in this area. We had students from South Atlanta, Douglas County, Paulding County because it’s a lot closer than driving all the way to Kennesaw. SC: How can someone get involved in Becca’s Closet? Mrs. Murphy: We started a club, so they can just sign up and we’ll put them on the rotation of getting the information. When the next meeting is and when we need volunteers to help with the fittings. That’s [the fittings] is what we really need help with; to have people here to help girls get dresses, help them put it on and take it off and to see how they fit. SC: When is the next meeting? Mrs. Murphy: Our meetings are held here at Campbell, however, we have not decided on the next meeting because we do a lot of communicating via email, Facebook and Twitter. We have different members who maintain our Facebook and Twitter pages and hang up signs throughout school. Our biggest job is just getting the word out about Becca’s Closet so we can help as many girls as possible. SC: Is there anything else you would want people to know about Becca’s Closet? Mrs. Murphy: One thing that we’re always looking for is accessories, such as earrings and necklaces for the girls. But, anyone who’s interested in helping out would be fantastic.