As residents of Fort McMurray scrambled to save what they could while evacuating the forest fires on May 3, prom dresses weren't a high-priority item. But, thanks to a whole bunch of generous Canadians, there's plenty of taffeta to go around.
A Facebook group called Fort McMurray Grad Donation has been collecting formal wear for displaced students and they've been so successful that they've had to start turning dresses down.
Volunteers across Western Canada have been accepting dresses in person as even more are mailed in from across the country.
Many of the donors are recent graduates themselves. "Hope someone else can feel as much like a princess as I did," wrote Megan Paslawski.
The Facebook group has partnered with the Prom Project in Leduc, Alberta, to organize everything. On May 29, graduates will be welcomed to a fitting in Leduc to find the perfect dress — at no cost to them.
"We are so excited to be able to do this for all of you," wrote Tarin Clark, one of the organizers. "We understand things are difficult at this time and all we would like to do is take that stress away!"
If you want to donate, the group is still on the lookout for menswear and accessories. Check out the Facebook page to find out how to send items.