Upcoming balls? Dresses may be available through ACS Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 February 2018
By  Derek Gean
Assistant editor
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Military balls, spring pageants, high school proms  and even the upcoming father daughter dance have one thing in common for women and girls — the need for a formal gown.

Formal wear can be expensive, but there may not be a need to spend a fortune on a garment to wear only once. Army Community Service offers Gowns Galore for military Family members and civilians working on Fort Leonard Wood. The volunteer-run program, manned by volunteers through ACS’s outreach program, the  House Next Door, makes formal dresses available for use free of charge.

“The House Next Door has more than 500 gowns on hand and ready to be borrowed,” said Gabe Medina, ACS Information and Referral Program manager.  “The gowns are inspected for serviceability by our team of volunteers and categorized by size,” he said.

“We get phone calls and drop-ins all the time.  Those who have checked out dresses have been really pleased with the selection and range of sizes, to include really formal gowns to simple ones,” he said.

House Next Door volunteers stress that people should not assume their size is not available.

According to June Sablan, HND volunteer, the number of dresses in varying sizes have dramatically increased in recent years.

Most dresses available are adult sizes, but there are some girl’s sizes available, so families are encouraged to check, she added.

The rules for borrowing a dress are simple. Dresses can be checked out from 9 a.m. to noon — House Next Door hours — Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If those hours are inconvenient, people can call ACS to set up a better time.

“Depending on what is going on, we can accommodate, but they need to let us know,” Sablan said.

HND volunteers ask that people check out the dresses around a week before the event and return within a week following. The program is free, but they do ask that the dresses be dry cleaned and returned with a dry-cleaning receipt.

Fort Leonard Wood’s new blog, “Show Me Fort Leonard Wood,” is scheduled to post a detailed article about Gowns Galore Wednesday. To read the full blog, visit www.showmefortleonardwood.wordpress.com.

For more information, call 573.596.0212
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 February 2018 )