8 year-old Brooklyn Davis of Louisville is organizing her 2nd annual “B’s Pretty Easter Dress Drive”. The event originated last year after Davis discovered that she could no longer fit an Easter dress that was hanging in her closet.
“I was digging through the closet and I found a dress and I asked my momma if I could wear it and she said it was too little and so we just thought of it.” – Brooklyn Davis
Instead of throwing the dress away – Davis and her mom, Robin G, decided to organize a Dress Drive to provide young girls that may be less fortunate with beautiful dresses for the Easter holiday.
“She wanted to give that dress to somebody, and since I’ve volunteered a lot in the neighborhood, I asked her about getting some dresses to give to other little girls and she said o.k.” – Robin G
Davis’s mother says that last year’s event was very successful and her daughter learned a lot about giving. The mother and daughter team put the word out on social media about their event and asked the public to donate any new or gently used dresses, shoes and accessories.
They were surprised by the overwhelming support from the community which resulted in the pair receiving more dresses than they could give away at the event.
“Last year we collected almost 300 dresses and since we didn’t give them all away, we took the leftovers to a huge Easter egg hunt out in the Newburg community. The organizer set us a table up and within minutes, they all were gone.” – Robin G
What makes the event unique is that all the dresses and accessories are set up in a venue that is made to look and feel like a boutique.The girls are able to essentially “shop” through the inventory and choose the items of their liking.
Each child will be able to choose a dress, a pair of shoes and an accessory. In addition there will be games, refreshments and DJ Nerdboi will provide the musical entertainment.
Davis’s mom wants to stress that attending church services or Easter celebrations IS NOT a requirement to receive a dress. Her goal is to provide every young girl with a dress that desires one. Davis’s aspirations are a little different.
“I’m trying to make little girls feel like princesses… We went to church last year and I saw three girls wearing a dress from the Easter Dress Drive. They looked like princesses and it made me feel happy.” – Brooklyn Davis
In preparation for the event, Davis and her mother are asking the public to donate any new or gently used dresses, shoes, socks, stockings, clothing and accessories sizes: Newborn-16 in Juniors or Young Adults.
There are several donation drop-off locations equipped with donation bins throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana. The drop-off locations are listed below. Donations will be accepted until the day of the event.
- Opensided MRI– 120 West Court Avenue
Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130
- Gantts Barber Shop – 4632 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY, 40216
- Established Premium Goods – 226 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY, 40202
- Greater Louisville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates – 3101 Breckenridge LN suite 2D, Louisville, KY, 40220
- Coco’s Cakes – 501 West Oak Street, Louisville, KY, 40203
“B’s Pretty Easter Dress Drive” will take place on Sunday March 6 (2pm-5pm) at Coco’s Cakes located at 510 W. Oak Street, Louisville, KY 40203. All children must be accompanied by an adult and dresses/accessories are given away on a first come – first serve basis.
Volunteers are greatly needed and any food, supplies or cash donations can be given by messaging Robin G on Facebook.
“I want a lot of people to come and for everybody to get whatever dress they want and have fun.” – Brooklyn Davis