Flooding devastates local nonprofit
SPOKANE, Wash. — Racks and racks of dresses once destined for the perfect prom night are drenched and dirty after spring storm water flooded a nonprofit’s basement location.
Riley Schultz was volunteering at Hannah’s Prom and Dress Closet Thursday when she heard water dripping into their downtown Spokane basement headquarters.
“The ceiling had collapsed and and then all the water started rushing downhill,” Schultz said.
She ran out of the basement. When she and another volunteer, Brittiny Bowens, returned, they were shocked.
“It caught everybody off guard,” Bowens said.
There were a few inches of water that had soaked the carpet and many of the dresses. All of those gowns are donated for teens to pick through for prom, homecoming, and many other formal occasions. They can pick any dress and accessories for free.
“That is really heartwarming to see their faces light up when they come downstairs and see all the dresses we have, all the shoes, all the purses,” Bowens said.
It’s about much more than just silk and sparkles, according to Schultz.
“It’s making them feel beautiful in our community that don’t have any other options to find a dress,” Schultz said.
All of that is on hold as the nonprofit assesses damage and what it will take to make the area safe and clean again.
They’re calling on the community for support, whether it’s donations of time, money, or other resources.
“We are going to keep going. We are going to try, no matter what, to get this fixed,” Schultz said.
Even though it may seem like a big ask for help, these volunteers know that it’s just a small part of making dreams come true for local teens.
“We’ll push through,” Schultz said.
If you’d like to help this group, you can send an email to email@example.com or message the group on Facebook.
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