Meet Emily Moffitt, the spark that brought together the MOT community, to make it so eighth grade girls in need could get the chance to attend their first spring formal.

An act of extreme generosity can come in many forms, though many would believe it to come from just one person endowed with an abundance of riches. However, while that may be the case in most instances, there are times when one spark brings together many for a good cause.

Meet Emily Moffitt, the spark that brought together the MOT community, to make it so eighth grade girls in need could get the chance to attend their first spring formal.

It all started Feb. 7, when Moffitt asked a friend if they would be attending the school’s Spring Formal.

“I had already gotten my dress, and I was really excited because this is my first school dance, so I go up to my friend and asked her if she was going to formal,” Moffitt said. “She replied that she probably wasn’t going to be going, because she couldn’t afford to get a dress.”

Moffit explained that her friend’s family couldn’t afford to buy her a dress because the father had lost his job, and now the mother was working to support a family of six.

Her friend’s dilemma originally caused Moffitt to feel “bummed.”

“When Emily came home from school, she was down,” said Dawn Moffitt, Emily’s mother. “She’s like ‘Mom, it’s just a dress,’ and I told her that it’s not always just a dress. Sometimes life isn’t fair.”

Mrs. Moffitt suggest that her daughter give the girl one of her own dresses, but as it turned out, that wouldn’t work either.

“I knew nothing I had would fit her,” Emily said. “I personally am a size 13, and she is like a size 8.”

Mrs. Moffit then suggest that Emily go ask her friends on social media for help, and that is exactly what Emily did.

“I don’t normally do Facebook,” Emily said. “For this though, I’m branching into Facebook."

Community comes together

Mrs. Moffitt shared her daughter’s post and endeavor on the M.O.T. Residents page.

“I first posted at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, and by four I had gotten nearly 1000 comments in response,” Emily said. “That is when Rick Clark, the owner of Metro Pub and Grill contacted us.”

After a short meeting, Clark provided a building in the same complex as Metro Pub and Grill, for Emily and her mother to work and store dresses in. Now Emily and her mother collect dresses, jewelry, and shoes in Building 31, just off of Wood Street in Middletown.

“Within just a few hours we were offered this building, and had been given nearly 30 dresses,” Emily said. “It was a very quick progression.”

Now, over a month later, Emily has received over 300 dresses, and boxes, and boxes of shoe and jewelry donations.

Emily went on to say that while the Formal will be held on June 2, the absolute cut off for donations will be Saturday, Mar. 25.

“The reason we are doing it so early is because the first 50 girls to get dresses will get free alterations,” Emily said. “Since we are doing that, we need the dresses 6 weeks ahead of time because it is prom and bridal season.”

Free, hair, make-up, & alterations

After the donations cut-off, Emily and her mother plan to transform Building 31 in to a full-blown dress shop and boutique. Dressing rooms will be built so that girls can try on their dresses without leaving the building, and during the hours before formal, the first 50 girls will also be able to come back to have their hair and make-up done for free.

Emily and her mother will open Building 31 starting Mar. 31, for any girl that presents a brightly colored flyer, that will have been passed around to eighth grade girls in the Appoquinmink School District. From that point, the shop will be open on April 1 and 2, and also during the weekend of April 7.

For questions about times and availability, call or text Dawn Moffitt at (302)-379-7897, or e-mail her at dawn2628@hotmail.com.

“I just want girls to be able to have the chance to experience their ‘first,’” Emily said. “That is why I am doing this. I don’t want people to be turned off because they think they have to pay. All of the dresses are completely free.”

Continuing the cause

During the event, the Moffitts will have a donation box set out, for which the proceeds could go towards buying a prom ticket for a girl who can’t afford it. However, there is possibility that the money could go towards supplies for this cause next year, since Emily has begun to consider making this a yearly occurrence.

The outpouring support for the cause has been a big reason for Emily to continue her endeavor.

“Nicole’s J Boutique has donated 32 pairs of shoes,” Mrs. Moffitt said. “This community is just amazing. They also held an online fundraiser, on Facebook, where the proceeds from whatever jewelry was bought during the fundraiser, came back to this event.”

Another reason for Emily to continue to make this a yearly event is the fact that this, the possibility that a girl might not have the money to experience her first or last formal dance, will always be present.

“Girls will always need this,” Emily said. “You already have groups out there, but none that are local. I just want to make sure girls get to have this experience, because every girl deserves to have it.”