Dresses-for-veterans event a big success in South Jersey

David Madden
February 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm
Jennifer Klein getting fitted

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PENNSAUKEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A boathouse along the Cooper River has been turned into a makeshift bridal salon, where hundreds of women are picking up gowns donated after a shop closed in Cherry Hill a little more than a year ago. It’s so popular, the one-day event was extended to two.

The only catch? Recipients had to have a connection to a veteran. In Jennifer Klein’s case, she’s got a few.

"Both my brothers, Adam and David, twins, both served. My father served. My fiancé served," she said. "So I think to give back to them is a great thing."

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About 500 bridal and formal occasion dresses are available, with matching accessories, of course. About 350 women have set up appointments, and what isn’t claimed will be given away in some other fashion, maybe for proms and such, by the county veterans office.

"I think this was an opportunity to do something new, to provide a new service. I would argue an unprecedented opportunity for us to be the connecting dot here," said Camden County Freeholder Bill Moen. "We are taking lemons and making lemonade out of this situation."

As for Jennifer, she’s getting married in June of next year and says she’s going let her beau see the dress ahead of time.