Operation Cocktail Dress goes viral

By Lora Chance - email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Now is a great time to clean out your closet and help out a good cause.

Gay Stevens has a plan to help hundreds of military wives celebrate their husband's return home from war in style. It's called Operation Cocktail Dress.

"I have several friends in the military and one of the wives was telling me about the military ball," said Stevens. "It's a huge celebration for the soldiers coming home in October."

For some wives, getting a dress means the difference between going or staying home.

"A ticket, a baby sitter, hair, a dress, makeup, it really adds up," said Stevens. "I thought what a terrible thing. These are the people who make our lives possible in this country."

Stevens decided she would send out a few emails.

"I started with my garden club, asking for formals hanging in their closets that they were not going to wear again," she said.

Dresses from all over the country began to arrive.

"This is the third time I filled up this dining room with clothes," she said. "This is just a tiny idea that has gone viral thanks to the big hearts in Savannah."

Stevens has collected a lot of dresses but she can still use more. You can drop off your dresses at Celia Dunn's Sotheby's International Realty, 17 West Charlton St. in Savannah anytime now through Sept. 19.

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