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Teens say yes to the dress at annual Homecoming Closet

Dresses like these will be sold at value prices thanks to the Junior Auxiliary (Photo Source: WLOX News Now) Dresses like these will be sold at value prices thanks to the Junior Auxiliary (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

High school football season is in full swing, which means homecoming dances are right around the corner. 

Each year, the Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs Homecoming Closet draws a sea of girls to the Ocean Springs Senior Center to find the perfect dress. 

"We got here around 6-5:45. We stood in line until they opened at 10," said 15-year-old Jakira Jones.

Second-year shoppers, Jakira and her mom were some of the first to get inside.

"Last year we came and she was absolutely gorgeous," said Princess Keys. "So, we decided to come back this year."

What makes the event such a hit is that the Auxiliary sells formal dresses, jewelry, handbags, and shoes - all for under $15 each.

"Not everyone can go out and purchase a new dress every year," said Keys. "Being a single parent, it's something I can afford every year," Keys said.

Other parents agree; the sale is a blessing. 

"I've been in between jobs. Without something like this, I probably wouldn't be able to afford it," said Karen Harrison.

For JA members, being a blessing to others is exactly why they host the event. 

"We don't want people to miss out on those special memories because of funds," said Katie Widows, the homecoming and prom closet chair for JA.

Thanks to donations from around the community, they're able to put smiles on girls faces as they say yes to the dress.  

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