People lined up as early as 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the Monroe Civic Center for the Cinderella Project of Monroe.
The project is a statewide organization. The group is in its third year here in Monroe.
The dresses are being given away free of charge to local junior and seniors in high school. Organizers say the program helps inspire self-confidence and the importance of giving back to others.
"We have students who, once they graduate high school, they can come back and volunteer, and we also have girls give their dress back to the program," said Ashley Yeldell with the Cinderella Project. "It's your dress to keep, you can do whatever you want, but we have girls every year that offer their dresses back to the program."
This year, organizers say over 1,200 prom dresses were collected in January at places like Raising Canes -- one of the main sponsors.
"It's a part of what we so and partnering with the Cinderella Project is just one of those perfect partnerships for the community, and for Raising Canes," said Lindsay Leavitt, a Raising Canes representative at the dress give-away Saturday morning.
The organization started in Baton Rouge, and has expanded to major cities in Louisiana. The program serves schools in 12 parishes in the area.
For more information on the Cinderella Project, click here.