Alix Ribeiro is proving that at least one New Year’s resolution can stick. Her resolution was to make her community a better place, and, unlike many who soon forgot their goals, she has stuck to her resolution.
Recently Ribeiro started a charity, Closets Couture, which is collecting prom dresses to give away to girls in need, something she said is in huge demand.
“With the economy like it is there are a lot of families struggling, and with prom season coming up this is something where there is a huge need,” she said. “Prom is a red carpet event for high school and with the pressure for perfection, the costs for girls is going up and up.”
Ribeiro said that on average a girl can spend about $500 on prom, including the dress — which can range from $100 to $300. Add to that, hair, make-up, shoes and accessories and the expenses end up being too much for many families.
She has enlisted the help of Exit Realty and the Denair Fire Department to assist her.
“We know there are a lot of dresses out there. Lots of girls wear their prom dress one time and put it away in their closet. We just have to get the word out,” she said.
She admits she is not the first person ever to think of such a charity.
“There is one in Tracy, but there isn’t anything like this here in Turlock or Modesto,” she said.
Ribeiro is working on obtaining non-profit status for her organization.
Donated prom dresses can be dropped off at the Denair Fire Department or Exit Realty in Turlock, Ceres and Manteca. There will also be a drive at Heald College in Modesto the week of March 26.
Dresses will be accepted year-round. Dresses of all sizes and all styles will be accepted.
For more information call (530) 923-3619 or visit www.facebook.com/ClosetsCouture