Making prom a reality for all

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BISMARCK, N.D. - One of the most memorable high school experiences is prom, but it's not a cheap one.

Buying tickets, dinner and the perfect dress all adds up quick, and some families can't afford it.

Kookoo's Nest is teaming up with Carrie's kids so that every high school girl can have their magical moment. Last year they helped 220 girls find their dress, and this year they hope to help even more.

To high schoolers, prom dress shopping is as serious as shopping for a wedding gown.

“Sometimes they come in and they're very body conscious and they're nervous. But then when they leave and they're standing so excited so anxious for prom, they feel beautiful. That's the best part of my job,” said Kinzey Fockler, store owner.

Some students can't afford an extravagant prom dress, and miss out on the event entirely, which is why Kookoo's Nest is asking the community to donate dresses.

“I mean even if we can make just one person smile through the whole dress drive then it will be worth it,” said Fockler.

Fockler says you're not just giving away a dress, you're giving it a second life.

“Every dress is somebody's dream dress. You might think oh my gosh this has been hanging in my closet since my cousin's wedding five years ago. But you know there might be a girl at Carrie's Kids that needs that size,” said Fockler.

Saying goodbye to one of your old dresses, could help someone else say yes to prom.

Although prom season doesn't officially start until next month for some school districts, Kookoo's Nest is already collecting dresses.

They accept any and all dresses but especially are in need of size 16 up to size 26. They also need sizes 1X, 2X, and 3X.