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Tampa Bay Salvation Army stores hold first Dress Donation Drive

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Tampa Bay, Florida -- Where else can you get a brand new wedding gown for $240 when it retails for almost $1,000?

"This is the first time the Salvation Army stores in Tampa Bay are having an event like this and we are really excited to bring together girls getting ready for prom, and all the brides excited for their big wedding day to come, and just be able to have a chance to afford the dress of their dreams," said Robin Vosler, of Salvation Army Family Stores.

The Salvation Army donation drive kicks off tomorrow at five of their locations as they gear up for their Bridal and Prom Dress Sale on March 15. 

From formal to prom dresses, men's suits and tuxedos, to party shoes, all are welcomed and you'd be surprised what may find.

"Christian Dior tuxedos that I've seen," Robin described.

I know what you're probably thinking, why not go to a regular department store or the mall for that special gown?

Here's why! 

You can go there and get it for 25 percent of the retail price with the tags still on and it's for a great cause.

High school student Sarinaty Fisher is getting an early start for prom and plans to check out the great deals to find her special dress.

"They should come down here and check it out especially before you go and spend $800 on a dress that you're only going to wear once."

The Salvation Army is off to a great start with 275 dresses already donated from bridal shops in the community.

"As far as pricing, we would look at a brand new dress like this and it has $195 price tag on it, so 25 percent of retail is going to run you like $40 and you have to remember the Salvation Army never pays sales tax," Robin Vosler.

Just for showing up tomorrow you can also enter a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to spend at the Bridal and Prom Dress event in March.

Stores will open early at 8:30 a.m. for the event. For more information, click here.

Follow 10 News Reporter Lorena Rabago on twitter @LorenaVRabago

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