One woman’s old grad dress will be another’s treasure.
Rocky Mountain House’s Becky Hoppe is giving away her old grad dress to someone in need.
The now 28-year-old was working on a home project and stumbled upon her old size 4, purple-lime-green-baby-blue dress that she wore when she graduated from high school in 2007.
She wanted to give back to the community by donating her dress to a student who cannot afford a graduation dress this spring. When she was a teenager, she was working two jobs and going to high school at the same time. She had to make payments on her $600 dress.
On Wednesday, she posted pictures of the dress on Facebook.
“I was working 60 hour weeks with two jobs at minimum wage to afford this dress, and rent, and more things most 17 year olds probably do not think about paying for,” she said in the Facebook post.
Her post has received hundreds of shares and comments. Hoppe was surprised about the response.
“The biggest thing I’ve taken away from this is that people are surprised that someone has done something kind,” she said.
The dress will be donated to someone in need in Central Alberta areas near Rocky Mountain House and Leslieville.
“It’s for someone who can’t afford the (graduation) day,” she said.
Along with the dress, Hoppe will provide free hairstyling services.
Other community members have decided to help by donating services as well like photography, makeup application, a pedicure, and free pizza.
“It’s reaching out to a lot of people,” said Hoppe.
So far, she has had one interested student in the size 4 dress. But Hoppe isn’t worried, because graduation season is not until end of May, she said.
Hoppe said she hopes whoever receives the dress will pass it on to someone else in need.