Bridal Gown Giveaway to Support Our Troops | Shopping & Services
Gastonia) WBTV Poffie Girls, a bridal and formal boutique in Gastonia, is hosting Brides Across America today, offering free bridal gowns as a way of showing support for the men and women who serve our country in the military.
42 brides started camping out as early as 10am Saturday to take their place in line for the 2nd annual Brides Across America event.
To qualify for the program you must be engaged to a member of the military who has been or will be deployed, or you must be in the military and will be or have been deployed.
Six of the brides at Poffie Girls this Sunday were actually stationed at Fort Bragg. One bride-to-be, Elizabeth Downey from Gastonia (pictured above), is marrying Scott Whitford. Scott is currently deployed to Afghanistan.
Brides Across America is a national organization that believes more needs to be done to support our troops and their families. This is the 2nd annual event at Poffie Girls.
Owner Syble Latta made sure tables and heat lamps were set up outside the shop so the girls and their families who were camping out had some warmth. By ten pm Saturday 31 women were already in line, they represented five different states!
At 12:45pm Sunday the staff was working with bride #14! The atmosphere has been electric. Fourteen staff members are donating their time with the help of 14 other volunteers. Sundrop donated food for the brides and their families. They’ve got music playing by a local DJ, even the Mayor of Gastonia John Bridgemen helped kick off the big give-away.
One bride who recently lost her father was so pleased when she and her mom found the dress, she exclaimed, “Poppy would be proud,” they hugged and cried at such a special moment.
Alicia Demeny said the place was crazy with joy, they were crying and cheering and just having a blast.
Poffie Girls has served this southeast for 37 years. Last year’s event was described as one of the most powerful moments the store has ever experienced and as this day unfolds, it sounds as though the memories will be just as powerful!
You'll find pictures uploaded from the event on the Poffie Girls facebook page, and mine as well
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