Grad dresses donated to flood relief in High River and Calgary

Rowena Swahn and Teresa Gerber of Coronation looked at a polka-dotted grad dress June 30 before they loaded it into a truck headed for Calgary. Swahn and Gerber collected grad dress donations for the graduating class in High River, Alberta.

Rowena Swahn and Teresa Gerber of Coronation looked at a polka-dotted grad dress June 30 before they loaded it into a truck headed for Calgary. Swahn and Gerber collected grad dress donations for the graduating class in High River, Alberta.

In the wake of the flooding and devastation in High River, Calgary and much of southern Alberta, many people began to wonder what they could do to help.
Rowena Swahn of Coronation, Alberta came across a Facebook page titled ‘Beautiful Calgary Brides’ and noticed they were asking for grad dress donations, which would be sent to graduates in High River because many of them had lost their graduation clothes during the flood.
Swahn decided she would take to her own Facebook page to see if anyone in the local area was interested in donating their used grad dress.
The response Swahn received was “unbelievable”.
“I posted my message on June 25 and by the end of the day I had over 20 offers from in and around the area,” said Swahn.
On June 30 Swahn and her friend Terese Gerber loaded up Gerber’s car with the donated grad dresses, which Gerber would deliver to Calgary by the end of that night.
In total Swahn and Gerber collected 34 grad dresses from a total of six towns: Coronation, Castor, Consort, Sedgewick, Hardisty and Czar.
“I’m really impressed with everyone’s generosity,” said Swahn. “It makes me proud to live in the community that I do.”
Graduations in High River have been postponed till further notice. ‘Beautiful Calgary Brides’ on Facebook will be collecting grad dresses until July 12.

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