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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- "We packed up in one day," said Rene Spallina, the founder of the organization of Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester.

Rene Spallina along with volunteers spent the weekend packing up hundreds of dresses.

Their dresses are donated to provide prom gowns for underprivileged juniors and seniors in high school in the Rochester area.

"A lot of these girls have emotional and physical needs, and they're not able to come to the prom fair," Spallina said.

Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester have worked out of the former DSW warehouse in Henrietta, rent free for the past 30 months. Now, with upcoming changes scheduled at Marketplace Mall, Wilmorite plans to tear down the building.

"It just was the absolute perfect spot, and I'm very sad that they're knocking this building down, but we understand," Spallina said.

About to celebrate its tenth anniversary, the organization has grown from dressing 75 girls out of a church basement to outfitting some 500 young women each year.

"We need the space not only just to store the dresses, but we're able to help special groups if we have space where we can sort dresses and get them here at a different time than the prom fair," Spallina said.

The racks, full of dresses along with accessories, will soon be loaded on a 47-foot trailer, where they will be stored until a new home is found.

"Unfortunately, it will be completely full, and we won't be able to take anything off or put anything on and we do get special requests throughout the year. Maybe a single request, or kind of the ones that pull at your heartstrings so to speak," Spallina said.

Spallina is hoping someone may be willing to donate at least 2,000 square feet of space or financial support which may also help.

"We're hoping that maybe if someone says well I don't have any space to give, but let me donate, I have money to donate to help them find it that would even be phenomenal," Spallina said. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP