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Becca’s Closet will open for the homecoming season Saturday, Sept. 7. Becca’s Closet, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 26. Good Shepherd is three blocks north of Auburn Street, directly across from Rockford West Middle School.
The Rockford chapter of Becca’s Closet serves as a boutique that collects and distributes formalwear free of charge to young women from Rockford and surrounding communities who would not otherwise be able to attend proms, homecomings, and other special events, like winter formals.
Last year, 550 dresses were given away. So far this year, more than 300 dresses have been given away.
Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries, a partnership organization of area ELCA congregations, operates the chapter in cooperation with the Rockford Auburn High School Key Club.
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 through Friday;
Grace Lutheran Church, 343 Grand Ave., Loves Park, 9 a.m.-3 pm, 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;
The Postal Shoppe, 1643 N. Alpine Road, Rockford, 8 am-6:30 pm, M-F, 8 am-4 pm, Sat;
The Postal Shoppe, 2205 S. Perryville Road, Rockford, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1300 Pearl St., Belvidere, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday.
For more about Becca’s Closet or to donate dresses and accessories to Becca’s Closet, contact Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries at (815) 962-4279 or RALMmail@aol.com.
Becca’s Closet was created by Rebecca Kirtman, a 16-year-old Florida high school sophomore. Becca recognized that there were many girls in her community who were unable to attend their high school prom and homecoming dances because they could not afford to purchase appropriate attire for the events. She launched a drive to provide formalwear and accessories free of charge because of her understanding of this inequity. Becca was tragically killed in an automobile accident shortly after starting her “closet.” Her friends and family continued the mission by forming a national “Becca’s Closet” program, with 90 chapters to date, including the one in Rockford.
Posted Sept. 4, 2013