Girard event to help provide girls priceless prom memories

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Robin Estes of Girard sorts through several of the 40 prom dresses she will give away Sunday on behalf of Girard Helping Hands, an organization she founded. Girls can register for the giveaway by calling Estes at 330-787-7129.



The brightly colored gowns are as priceless as they are beautiful — they’re just not for sale.

At one time, though, they hung on racks in stores that did put a price on them. There’s still a tag on one — a pretty blue gown with sequins and satin trim. The tag says $250 — but that doesn’t faze Robin Estes.

Estes, of Girard, is fully prepared to give the dress away for free. Any girl who wants to go to the prom but isn’t quite sure how she’ll pay for her dress is welcome to come and see if the blue sequined gown is the right one for her.

If not, she can choose from among many others.

“We have a variety of colors, styles and sizes,” said Estes as she showed off several of the 40 dresses she has to give away from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday at the

Girard City Gym, 100 W. Main St. Girls should register to participate in the giveaway, which is sponsored by Girard Helping Hands.

Estes founded the organization. She and a partner, Vickie Schmidt, also of Girard, have put in the time to make the dress giveaway a success.

Girard’s prom is not until May 7, but Estes wants to allow plenty of time for alterations.

“I just wanted to do it to help the community,” she said Wednesday as she went through a rack of gowns at the Girard Multigenerational Center. “I wanted to do something good for Girard. I’ve lived here all my life.”

Girls from other communities are also welcome to register for the Sunday giveaway. The first 10 to sign up will receive a free package of services that include hairstyling, manicures, makeup, flowers and photography. If any of them decide not to take it, the package will go to the next girl who registered, Estes said.

Estes said she will allow registration as late as Sunday morning before the giveaway.

She also said she’s still accepting accessories such as shoes and purses. People who want to donate can reach her on Facebook at Girard Helping Hands.

Girls who want to register should call Estes at 330-787-7129. She needs names, phone numbers and size estimates. Girls also need to pick a time between 9 a.m. and noon Sunday.

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