Gloucester County Girl Creates Project for Military Families [AUDIO]
The process started last summer when a Gloucester County girl, Casey Kupcha was reading through a magazine, and found out about a prom dress project.
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The 16-year-old decided to start her own version of the project that focused on helping out military families. With that, Kupcha officially started Prom Dresses for Patriots this year. It is a charity that the public instantly got behind.
“The community support has been amazing. We’ve gotten so many dresses,” she said.
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Kupcha comes from a military family with her father, Joe, having served 20 years as a navy pilot. The project centers on collecting formal dresses and accessories, which are then sold at a very discounted rate at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
“I’ve always been in touch with the military side I really wanted to help them out because we just have such a big community. I feel like people should just help out each other,” she explained
Casey’s mother, Linda, has also been instrumental with helping the process, as has Kupcha’s school, Gloucester Catholic.
“They’re always looking for ways to help out the community. So it was mainly Gloucester Catholic that gave me the idea to start something like this,” she said.
So far, hundreds of dresses have been collected and sold, with all the proceeds going towards a scholarship program for kids on the base. Kupcha has spread the word rapidly with the help of social media and email.
“I plan to keep it going next year, and hopefully I can hand it over to somebody else at my school when I go to college,” she says.
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