UPDATE: Dress Donation Nets $900 for Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley

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UPDATE 4/8/2014 8:05 PM

An anonymous local business owner gives selflessly to Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley Thrift Shop.

Nine hundred dollars worth of dresses sold and they're still going strong.

The formal dresses include prom, mother-of-the-bride, bridesmaid and others and were offered to the community at $25 each.

Lorraine Swogger, program coordinator for Arc says they've sold several beyond the initial sale and more were donated since then.

As of Tuesday, they're reducing the price even further to $15.

"When we get a donation such as these beautiful dresses and that's a large sum of money that we're able to use to put back into the community to have programs for individuals with disabilities, it's always a tremendous excitement," she says.

Swogger says people are really happy to have a sale like this.

They are so excited to come in and know the money they're spending stays here at home to help people.

Shannon Garner of Parkersburg stopped in to pick out a dress for her daughter, who is attending a Titanic-themed fair and says she shops there often for her kids.

“I think it's wonderful that they (the dresses) were donated to the Arc to help raise money for the community and to help with the awareness of the Arc,” she says.

Garner is impressed someone would make such a generous donation.

She says the fact that they don't want to be recognized, shows they are really trying to make a difference.

An anonymous local business owner makes a generous donation to the Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

And now its thrift shop has more than 100 new dresses for sale.

The formal dresses are valued up to $400 and include prom, mother-of-the-bride, bridesmaid and others.

Director Christina Smith says they're thrilled to be able to offer them to the community for $25 each.

"This donation was extremely unexpected and we can't thank the donor enough for the generosity because the proceeds from the sale not only benefit those who will be able to purchase a beautiful gown within their means, but 100 percent of the proceeds will actually stay right here in our area," she says.

Smith says it will fund programs and services provided to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Stop by Saturday to get a head-start, but the official sale is Sunday, March 9th from 2 to 5 p.m. and they're expecting a good turnout.

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