We're approaching prom season again, so I thought I should give an update on what's happening with Kristen's Kloset. Right now we are in the process of looking for a location for the shop. We had to move out of our 2 year location because the building was being renovated into an arts center. We hope to know our new location in a couple of weeks so stay tuned! Once we find a spot, we hope to open the first Saturday in March, March 7, one week earlier than we usually do. we found out that the Southington High Junior Prom is on March 28 so we know girls will want to be looking for their gowns very soon! Remember, if you have gowns to donate, they can be dropped off any weekday at Southington Youth Services 196 North Main Street or you can save them and swap them for a different gown form the shop as long as they are current styles in good condition.
Tuesday: 2:30-6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 2:30-8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Our 2015 Location:
Southington Town Hall Annex
93 Main Street (Rte. 10)
Southington, CT 06489
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To donate gently used, clean gowns and prom accessories please contact Southington Youth Services at 860-276-6281.
Kristen's Kloset is a program of Youth Services that provides prom essentials to students in need. Besides helping girls with gowns and such, Kristen's Kloset assists boys with their prom related expenses including tuxes and flowers. The program is in it's 7th year of operation and has steadily increased the number of students it has helped. Last year, Kristen's Kloset provided gowns and accessories to over 225 girls who came from all over Connecticut and tuxes for 12 boys and prom tickets for 34 Southington students.
The program relies on donations from individuals, civic organization, businesses and volunteers to be successful. From the storefront location which changes every year, to gowns, jewelry, shoes, purses and help to work at the shop, everything is donated. Cash donations are also welcomed.
The program is named after Kristen Warner, a Southington middle school student, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2004. Her family initiated this program in her honor and Southington Youth Services has expanded it over the years.
From the 2nd week of March until the 2nd week of May, donations may be dropped off at the shop location.
Our 2013 Season
This was our 7th year of Kristen’s Kloset Prom Project. The program has become one of our most successful and community supported projects! It provides prom clothing and accessories to students having financial difficulties. Working with donations from local businesses, agencies and residents, the program assisted 105 Southington students with tickets, gowns, tuxes, shoes, jewelry, flowers and manicures and pedicures at no cost. It also included a shop at 93 Main Street, open during prom season where girls could purchase low cost prom items and 120 others took advantage of this opportunity generating funds which are turned back into the program to help other Southington students in future years. We received so much positive feedback this year from students and parents who were grateful that they could find beautiful, gently used prom attire that was affordable. In addition, we recruited 33 wonderful committed volunteers who ran the shop, putting in over 650 hours of service so it could be open more hours than ever before. It was a wonderful prom season!