A Texas teen spared by Hurricane Harvey is helping flood victims in her area by giving away free formal dresses this homecoming season.
Ashley Reel, 15, of Spring, Texas started the homecoming dress drive shortly after Hurricane Harvey barreled through Texas. At first, her goal was to collect 50 dresses, but as word spread, Reel soon collected more than 2,000 dresses in every shape, size and color, the Houston Chronicle reports.
“Some people lost everything so I thought giving them a dress would help them through it,” Reel told ABC News. “”It wasn’t really fair for them to not be able to go to homecoming because of the flooding down here, so I thought it would be something nice to do for them.”
Ashley is a freshman at Oak Ridge High School. She felt lucky that her home wasn’t damaged by the storm and wanted to do something to help girls her age who lost everything. Girls have been coming to Ashley’s home to browse the dozens of racks of dresses.
“The best part about it is seeing them happy,” Ashley said. “I would like to help as many girls as I can, but if I don’t get rid of them I would like help them go to prom too.”