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'It's really cool when they come in and they're not really sure what to think of this place'

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Project Promise is an effort to make sure that prom is for everyone - and that kids don't miss out because they can't afford to go.

"Instead of later reflecting back and saying 'I didn't go to prom,' you know they'll be able to look back and say, 'Prom rocks'," said organizer Bonnie Hylton.

Dozens of brand new dresses are on display, along with suits, jewelry and shoes.

"It's really cool when they come in and they're not really sure what to think of this place," said Shenea Davis. "Is it a boutique? Is it a thrift shop? Is it a - you know, whatever it is, these are beautiful dresses, you're a beautiful girl, this is the community you live in."

Project Promise is a program of Springfield Public Schools and the Brattain House.

Organizers said they're always looking for more donations. This year, the big push is for larger sizes, as well as gift cards.

Learn more about Project Promise on the group's Facebook page.

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