The Carthage Service League’s annual prom-dress-sale-turned-prom-dress-giveaway is in full swing.

Having given away dresses Thursday and Friday afternoon, the Service League continues their event Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sammy Brown Library’s hospitality room, 319 S. Market St. in Carthage.

The Service League is giving away dresses, shoes and accessories to area high school, junior high or college girls.

Girls must show their school ID and be present to get their dress. They do not need to be residents of Panola County. They are also encouraged to bring one item of nonperishable food to be donated to the Samaritan House.

Organizers Nancy Langford and Gayla LaGrone said they feel joy in helping the girls find a dress they like.

“It’s a wonderful time,” LaGrone said. “Like Nancy said, it’s a joy to be here and watch all these girls and watch them light up when they get the right dress, and I just feel like it’s Christmas over again every year we do it.”

Thursday afternoon brought a large crowd of girls looking for their prom dress. Alyssa Rhodes, a senior at Panola Charter School, picked out a sparkly blue gown.

“It makes me feel beautiful,” she said. “It makes me feel like a princess.”

Senior Hailey Hutson enjoyed the event for two reasons.

“I’m happy to be giving back but also receiving,” she said. “I’m donating to the Samaritan House; I brought a bunch of canned foods, and then also getting my prom dress in return.”

Krislynn Joseph, a Tenaha senior, said she had no idea what kind of dress she was looking for.

“I’m just here to hopefully find something that fits that looks good that makes me feel pretty,” she said. “I didn’t go to my prom last year, so this year I hope I can actually go and enjoy myself.”