Airdronians asked to help grads
Thursday, Jul 04, 2013 10:38 am
Through tragedy, comes good will.
A team of Delta Eta Iota sorority sisters from the University of Lethbridge are asking Airdrie residents to help make the high school grads from High River’s day a little bit brighter.
The sorority sisters are collecting and accepting donations for prom and graduations dresses and made impressive gains in just one day.
As of press time, the sisters have collected more than 50 grad dresses in just one day.
“We wanted to help,” Kelsie Schlese, president of the Delta Eta Iota sorority said.
“Being women that just graduated, we know how important (grad) is and it takes months and lots of money (to find the dress), and to lose something like that … it’s just devastating.”
More than 80 people have been in touch with Schlese and the projects fundraising chair, Kelly Desjarlais, with generous donations coming from all over Alberta including Grand Prairie, Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge. Some donations have been sent from Chicago.
“We have no set number (of dresses to collect) at the moment,” Schlese, a social science major at the University of Lethbridge said.
“Most of our advertising has been done through our website and through social media.”
While the town of High River, is coming to grips with the reality of the historic floods and the monumental clean up efforts in front of them, the graduation ceremonies have been postponed for the time being.
That doesn’t damper the sisters fundraising efforts, and only helps propel the call to help those affected.
Schlese said there are drop-off locations in Airdrie, Lethbridge and Calgary as well as other locations further North.
All locations are open for donors to drop off their dresses in person, or they can mail their dresses from their location.
“Our drop-off locations are being controlled individually, based on availability,” Schlese confirmed through email.
To find a drop-off location near you, visit the sorority’s website or email email@example.com