Second Chance, Another Dance
[January 13, 2020]
Ministry Provides Dresses, Accessories for Proms, other Special Occasions
Word has gotten out over the past few years about one local ministry’s compassion to serve this community’s young people.
Kristina Killebrew and Second Chance Prom Ministry are set to kick off its eight annual event on Feb. 22 at RIO Revolution Church in Maryville. The sanctuary of the large church is transformed into a giant store filled with more than 3,000 prom dresses and accessories — shoes, jewelry, handbags and more.
Add to that several local vendors who will be here to make appointments for makeup, hair and even spray tans. And it’s all free to anyone who needs it.
“You don’t even have to live in Blount County,” Killebrew said. Girls who are in need of prom dresses or attire for an eighth grade dance or military ball are invited, and so too, are the males.
Killebrew said when she first started this ministry eight years ago, it was mostly dresses and accessories for the girls. Now they have added Prestige Tuxedo, which will be on-site for guys needing to be sized for a tux. “We had several hundred attend last year,” Killebrew said. “We are adding more and more elements each year. We have been able to figure out what we can do to make it even easier for families.”
Sign-ups being taken
Attendees are encouraged to sign up in advance at riorevolution.com. The first 100 at the event will get a free swag bag, Killebrew explained. She said no questions are asked. Moms bring their daughters or grandmothers come with their granddaughters, she said. “We just want to encourage everyone to come and look around.”
The dresses and accessories all have been donated; some are brand new, with the rest barely worn. Killebrew said those who have prom dresses just hanging in their closets can be part of this effort.
Second Chance Prom Ministry has partnered with all 14 area Chik-fil-A restaurants, including the two in Blount County. They are drop-off locations for dresses shoes, handbags and jewelry. Those who donate at Chick-fil-A will receive a coupon for free food. The items also can be taken to RIO Revolution and Prestige Cleaners locations.
Douglas J Aveda Institute representatives will be at the Feb. 22 giveaway to schedule appointments for those needing hair and makeup, Killebrew said. Sun Tan City is participating and will set up appointments for spray tans.