Becca’s Closet to open for homecoming season

Staff Report

Becca’s Closet will open Saturday, Aug. 27, for the homecoming season. Becca’s Closet, now located at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, will be open from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday through mid-October. Good Shepherd is three blocks north of Auburn Street, directly across from West Middle School.

The Rockford chapter of Becca’s Closet serves as a boutique to collect and distribute formalwear free of charge to hundreds of young women each year from Rockford and surrounding communities who would not otherwise be able to attend proms, homecomings, and other special events. The Rockford chapter has given away more than 320 dresses and accessories since March 2011. Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries, a partnership organization of area ELCA congregations, is responsible for oversight and operation of the chapter in cooperation with the Auburn High School Key Club.

Becca’s Closet is presently in short supply of party shoes, purses and jewelry. Dresses are always accepted; plus-size gowns and short dresses are especially appreciated.

Items can be donated at the following locations and times:

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday;

Grace Lutheran Church, 343 Grand Ave., Loves Park, 9 a.m-3 p.m., Monday-Friday;

Capron Lutheran Church, 155 S. Second St., Capron, 8 a.m.-noon, Monday, Thursday, Friday;

The Postal Shoppe, 1643 N. Alpine Road, Rockford, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday;

The Postal Shoppe, 2205 S. Perryville Road, Rockford, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday;

Machesney Park Village Hall, 300 Machesney Park Road, Machesney Park, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday;

United Way of Rock River Valley, 612 N. Main St., third floor, Rockford, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday;

Crusader Clinic Foundation Office, 1216 W. State St., Rockford, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; and

Harlem Roscoe Fire Station, 10544 Main St., Roscoe, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

For more information about Becca’s Closet, to donate dresses and accessories to Becca’s Closet, or to make a private appointment, contact Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries at (815) 962-4279 or

From the Aug. 17-23, 2011, issue

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