One Dress Project Goes Far Beyond Fashion

One dress. One month. One hope.

For the month of April, Tara Singley put on a black dress day after day.

“It's been amazing how many people have been reached by this one black dress,” said Singley.

The "One Dress Project" was inspired by a mission trip to Tennessee, where Singley saw a need she couldn’t forget.

“Spending so much time with the people there that week really just changed my heart about we have and what we don't need.”

Each day she posted a picture wearing her black dress to social media encouraging people to see what they could do without.

“I'm not asking anyone to go out and buy anything or wear one dress or do anything different just simply pick up the things they're not going to wear anymore and donate it to someone who needs it,” said Singley.

The Columbia Baptist Ministry Center is one place that could use your unwanted clothing.

“The need since 2008 has drastically become more and more and more. Without donations this ministry doesn't work,” said Melanie Deal, Columbia Baptist Ministry Center.

On average they assist 150 families a month with either clothing, food, rent or utilities. Since opening ten years ago, they’ve helped 16,158 families.

“I love when people will donate and they put this is a black dress project donation. We’ve received several of those. It has really helped generate clothes for our store, and in turn funds for rent and utilities,” said Deal.

And it all started with a little black dress.

There are many places in the wiregrass to donate items such as clothes, furniture, appliances or food. You can always call the Wiregrass United Way 211, by dialing 2-1-1, to find out which organizations can use your donation.

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