Lourdes hosts prom gown drive


From now through March 31, Osborn Family Health Center, a primary and specialty care center at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, is sponsoring its annual prom gown drive. Community members are invited to donate clean, well-conditioned prom gowns or dressy cocktail-length dresses in all sizes that are then distributed to high school students in Camden. Prom accessories, including shoes, handbags and jewelry are also welcomed.

“Every young woman should feel beautiful at her prom and our gown drive helps give young women that experience they deserve,” said Deborah Bokas, director of Social Services at Osborn Family Health Center. Diane Hines-Cooper, seamstress and former teacher at Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School, said, “When parents bring their daughters to choose a gown, they can’t believe it’s free. Some parents are almost in tears. You can see the relief and appreciation in their faces. I always tell my students you don’t live until you learn to give, and this is a great example of how much it means when people can work together to make a difference in the community.”

Prom gowns and accessories can be donated through March 31 at Lourdes’ Osborn Family Health Center, 1601 Haddon Ave. (across the street from the hospital), Camden. Gowns can be dropped off at the reception area from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Deborah Bokas at 856-757-3542.