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Bay Roberts woman pays it forward with wedding dress

Kim French recently decided to give away her unused wedding dress in an attempt to pay it forward.
Kim French recently decided to give away her unused wedding dress in an attempt to pay it forward.

BAY ROBERTS, NL - One Bay Roberts woman is using the powers of the internet to pay it forward.

Kim French of Bay Roberts could be making upwards of $1,000 for her unused wedding dress, however, she instead plans to pay it forward by giving it away for free.

French purchased the dress in 2015 for just over $2,000. When her wedding got canceled, however, the dress went straight to the closet, never even coming out of the bag until now.

The trumpet-style ivory wedding dress has been hanging in the closet since French picked it up, and though she originally thought to keep it, she recently decided to give it away for free to a bride-to-be.

Recently, French went to Kijiji to post the ad, titled “Free wedding dress to a deserving bride,” where she offered a brief history of the Martina Liana dress, stating that she just wanted to make another bride happy.

The Compass caught up with French to speak about her decision to give it away. French explained in the interview that weddings can be quite expensive, and for lower income families, such big expenses can be rather stressful. She hopes to relieve a portion of that stress by providing a free wedding dress, ultimately taking a hefty chunk out of the wedding’s final costs.

“It was just sitting in the bag ever since I picked it up,” French said. “I’ve never worn it, never even tried it on. It’s just been there since 2015. I see people from all walks of life at work, and I know that some people are in a hard place, financially, but getting married, having a wedding, those are things that shouldn’t stress someone out. They shouldn’t have to worry about those days, and I just wanted to help with that.”

Having posted the ad on Sunday, Sept. 24, it has already garnered just under 7,000 views. French said she’s received several messages already, all with unique stories explaining why they could use the dress. Some have even come from out of the province.

“I’ve had people explain to me what kind of situation they’re in - some might have a lot of other expenses, like children, and things like that, and others might not have much at all, and just want a beautiful dress for their big day,” French said.

However, she also explained that sorting through and reading all the messages has proven to be a difficult task, and that making the final decision is going to be even more difficult.

“How do you decide who’s more deserving of something than someone else, you know?” French said. “A lot of these stories are sad, some more than others I suppose, but they’re all still people, and you want to be able to help them all sometimes. But at the same time, I want to make sure this dress goes to someone who’s really going to cherish it and appreciate it. I’d be heartbroken to give it to someone, only to go online and see it for sale for $1,000, you know? So I really want to make sure the person is in need of it, and not just someone who would like to have it.”

French also explained that sizing is something both her and potential owners must keep in mind. The ivory-coloured dress is a size six, though French also noted that it is completely fresh, and so alterations can still be made to the dress’ length if need be.

“At the end of the day, this is about paying it forward for me, you know? It’s not really about any past relationships, or making some extra money, or anything like that. I know the dress could really make someone happy - someone who otherwise might not have been able to afford a dress like this. It can make someone else happy, and make them feel and look beautiful on their wedding day. That’s a good enough feeling all on its own,” French said.

French’s ad can be found on Kijiji, and will be up for a while longer, as she is in no rush to give the dress away.

chris.lewis@cbncompass.ca

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