Alicia Torres from Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council is the mother to a brilliant idea: To organize a collection of prom outfits for boys and girls from local high schools. “Some kids don’t go to prom because their parents can’t afford to buy them a prom dress,” Alicia told us. We all know that prom is an important event in the social life of a teenager. Here is how you can get involved.

The OST-HS program is collecting dresses from February 25 to April 5, 2013 in three locations. New or gently worn prom dresses, bridesmaid and cocktail dresses, tuxedos, suits, shoes, purses, and other accessories can be dropped off at:

Ridgewood Bushwick Youth Center, 1474 Gates Ave (between Knickerbocker & Irving), Bushwick

Central Cafe Brooklyn, 108 Central Ave, Bushwick

Owl Juice Pub, 84 Wyckoff Ave, Bushwick

According to Alicia Torres, collected outfits will be presented in a “boutique” where the kids will be able to come and pick them up, and have a nice prom experience.

So guys, as part of your spring closet cleaning, look out for potential prom stuff for donation. Your reward will be a fuzzy warm feeling in your chest, knowing that a Bushwick teenager will be having the time of his/her life!

For more information call Alicia Torres at 718-381-9653 or email her at