Spread goodwill with non-profits

Be a fairy bat-mitzvah mother

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Have you ever wondered what happens to celebs’ gorgeous gowns after they sweep across the red carpet? It’s not like Jennifer Lawrence goes to archery practice in the curve-hugging Calvin Klein she wore to the 2011 Oscars, or Lady Gaga cleans her toilet in a meat dress. Most of the time, stars donate their ensembles to organizations that auction off their outfits and give the proceeds to charity.

Yet, you don’t have to be a superstar to do something super for your soul — there are non-profits all over New York City that collect old formal wear and redistribute them to kids who can’t afford to buy something new for their bat mitzvahs.

So if your old dress is caked in a layer of dust, be a fairy bat-mitzvah-mother and bibbidi-bobbidi-booster good will by donating your fancy frock.

Here are places you can donate you clothes and resources that will help you plan your own dress drive — perfect for a mitzvah project!:

Operation Fairy Dust

Drop off old dresses, accessories, and new cosmetics at three separate dry-cleaning companies in Manhattan and the non-profit Operation Fairy Dust will do the rest!

Drop-off locations include:

Jeeves of Belgravia at 39 E. 65th St.

Cameo Cleaners of Gramercy Park at 284 Third Ave.

Arthur Copeland Cleaners at 140 Grove Ave.

Operation Prom Brooklyn

Operation Prom is a nationwide organization that runs donation projects all over the U.S. It is accepting donations through March 31 and takes dresses, tuxedos, and money donations.

Drop-off locations include:

Evolution: the Green Room Salon at 422 Atlantic Ave.

The Crown Heights Community Outreach Center at 467 Rutland Rd.

Heights Cleaners at 137 Montague St.

Buffalo Exchange at 109 Boerum Pl.

Project Glam

If you want to plan your own dress drive, Project Glam has a ton of resources. This organization does a lot of cool things, like right before prom season, it teams up with other local non-profits to plan boutique-style events in New York City high schools.


To find other prom dress donation resources, go to donatemydress.org. It is a national network that collects information about small, dress drive projects happening all around the country. The website also offers a guidebook that helps you plan your own charitable event.

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