Becca’s Closet to open for homecoming season Sept. 1

Staff Report

Becca’s Closet will open Saturday, Sept.1, for the homecoming season. Becca’s Closet, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, will be open from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Oct. 20. Good Shepherd is three blocks north of Avon 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 — overseen and operated by area ELCA congregations through Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries — has already given away 300 dresses and accessories since the beginning of this year.

Becca’s Closet regularly accepts donated dresses and accessories, including party shoes. Dresses that are clean and in good repair, plus-size and short gowns are especially appreciated.

Items can be donated at the following locations and times:

Christ Lutheran Church, 425 Riverside Road, Belvidere, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday;

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

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

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

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

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

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. 29-Sept. 4, 2012, issue

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