Give or Get a Free Prom Dress

It's getting close to Prom time, and whether you're a t-shirt dress fan or a full-on gown kind of girl, it's important to have, you know, something cool to wear. That's why we love The Princess Project, an organization that invites people to dig through their closets and give old formal dresses a new life. To date, the California-based project has donated dresses and accessories to more than 15,000 girls in need. This year, the biggest dress giveaways will take place on March 12, 13 and 20th from 8am-5pm at 901 Market Street in San Francisco (there are also Princess Project events in Silicon Valley and San Diego). Girls camp out the night before and line up at the door to have their chance to choose from all types of dresses in sizes 0-30. All you need is a high school ID to enter. The Princess Project is 100% volunteer run, and lots of volunteers are teen girls who want to help their peers find their dream dresses for Prom -- sweet.

There are similar organizations in many states around the country -- check the state-by-state guide on The Princess Project to find a dress donation and giveaway project near you. If you're feeling ambitious (and want to build that ol' college transcript), you can even download Donate My Dress's guide to learn how to start a dress drive in your own hometown. It's a cool way to be proactive about Prom.