Prom dresses and accessories for students

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 1:26 p.m. June 6, 2014

While on beat duty a week ago, Constable Stephanie McDonald ran into some graduating high school girls who were shopping for prom dresses and accessories.

Several high-school students looking through a selection of dresses
Students browsing through dresses

In talking to the girls, she realised that a few of them were just accompanying their friends as their families couldn’t afford to buy dresses for their children’s big night.

Back at 55 Division, where she’s assigned, McDonald shared her meeting with fellow Constable Rob McDonald, her cousin.

A social media officer with the Division’s criminal investigations bureau, he devised a plan to use the digital platform to assist the young ladies.

“I used the Divisional Facebook page and the response was overwhelming,” he recalled.

“It’s also just blew up on our Twitter account.”

With the acquisition of many dresses and accessories, the McDonalds needed a space for the students to attend and make their choices.

The Beaches Lions Club readily stepped in, donating their facility and 20 students were outfitted with gowns and accessories.

The remaining dresses and others donated in the past few days can be picked up by students on Monday, June 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at The Ten Spot, 1402 Queen St. E., Studio D1.

The Leslieville Business Improvement Association secured the space for the event.

“These are extremely good dresses along with fine accessories that come with no cost,” said McDonald.

“Everything has been donated and it has been fabulous.”

A table, setup with a selection of women's high-heel dress shoes
Dress shoes ready for the Prom
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