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Mackenzie's Closet offers discounted prom dresses

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Mackenzie's Closet, located off 219 in Fairlea, opened last month providing the area with hundreds of gowns, in all shapes and sizes. Unlike other stores, these dresses are available to borrow at no cost.

Melanie Johnson began this project years ago to honor her daughter, Mackenzie Gilbert, who died in 2005. Since then, over 400 new and gently used prom dresses have been collected and given to high school girls to make their prom dreams come true.

Tammy Clay recently took over the project when it became too time consuming, and expanded on to her alteration shop, TLC's Alterations.

Monetary donations of any amount are requested. Clay said you can "make small donations of 10 dollars even less, up to 50 dollars and have a pageant gown or a formal gown to wear to prom."

Currently the donations go towards the Erika Kate foundation, which helps children with heart and lung diseases; but Clay wants to start using the money to set up an emergency fund for locals around southern West Virginia.

The store needs donations of new or gently used prom or pageant dresses. They are also looking to expand to menswear. They are located at 106 Goheen Street in Scene Square.