DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Every young girl dreams of wearing the perfect dress for homecoming and prom, but sometimes finances can put a stop to those plans. Miss Alabama is on a mission to make some dreams come true in the Circle City and beyond.
Far before Caitlin Brunell was crowned Miss Alabama, she was already giving back through a non-profit organization she founded called Caitlin's Closet.
"One of my peers was unable to attend our homecoming dance because of her financial situation at home, and this really just struck a cord with me," Brunell said.
The original goal was just to provide 100 prom and homecoming dresses for free to girls who could not afford them.
"Wearing a nice dress and having that moment of feeling beautiful and confident, I feel, is so important in a young woman's life, and so that's my hope to provide that," Brunell said.
Since 2006, 10,000 semi-formal and formal gowns have been given away through Caitlin's Closet. For dozens of young ladies in the Wiregrass it could not have come at a better time.
"I would not be able to afford a big get out dress. If I got one I would probably have to return it. I'm just glad they have things like this to where girls who can't afford dresses still get their dream dress," said Brianna Kurtz.
Kurtz says it took no time Tuesday during the dress drive held at The Depot off Main in downtown Dothan to find the dress she will wear to Junior Prom.
"It makes me feel like Cinderella," Kurtz said.
Even for those who came to celebrate this milestone with the girls it was a moment to remember.
"Watching them on the red carpet was priceless. They came out wearing the dresses and feeling like stars. That's why we brought them here," Nikia Scott said.
Scott brought six girls from a group home and could immediately tell it was a confidence booster for the girls.
Right now there are plans in the works to have a dress drive in Ozark.
To find out how you can donate, visit www.caitlinscloset.org.