Meet Irene Picota.
Irene, a Leesburg resident, was born on September 20, 1989 and sadly passed away on November 22, 2013 during a routine surgery. I spoke with Irene's aunt recently and she spoke so highly of Irene and all of the things she planned to do with her life! Irene was planning to be a child psychologist as she had a tremendous heart for kids. Her aunt and I talked for over 30 minutes and at the end of our conversation, I felt I knew Irene personally because of how she was described to me: heart full of gold, the life of the party, always cheering people up and offering a huge smile and a hug.
In her memory, her mother and aunt have created Irene's Prom Closet, an extension of Irene's love for others. Continuing her mission to help as many people as possible, Irene's Prom Closet collects prom dresses and dress shirts (among other things, shoes, bags, jewelry, etc.) to allow teenagers in the Leesburg, Virginia area to attend homecoming or prom, when they might not otherwise be able to, due to the clothing being cost-prohibitive.
Prom is just around the corner, and they are accepting donations! Even if you don't have dress shirts or prom dresses readily available in your own closet, take a look at those fancy shoes collecting dust, or maybe some costume jewelry that you haven't worn in years. My daughter and I will be taking advantage of some of the amazing thrift shops in the area and will be shopping for some items to donate.
How can YOU help?
Irene's Prom Closet welcomes donations of age-appropriate formal dresses in all sizes, especially small (0-4) and large sizes (16-30+). No business wear or everyday clothing please.
Current styles, less than 5 years old, just like you see in the stores, items that are clean and ready to wear, shoes to coordinate with the gowns, costume jewelry, small, dressy purses, and handbags. Also, don't forget about the guys! Dress shirts are also welcome and needed, as well as shoes, boys jackets and shirts, ties, cuffs. ALSO accepted: mani/pedi gift cards, haircut/styling gift cards, photo sessions, make up sessions gift cards, etc.
Clothing items with stains, rips, holes, tears and pulls gowns that are old or outdated (older than 5 years) business suits, wedding gowns, pant suits, sun dresses, and undergarments.
Find Irene's Prom Closet on Facebook or get in touch with the phone number or email below.