The 500 dresses left behind from a bankrupt major bridal chain in South Jersey will now be donated to military & veteran brides to help make their wedding dreams a reality. This makes me smile.

Almost 2 years ago, in July 2017, Alfred Angelo Bridal filed for bankruptcy, closing all 60 of its stores in the U.S., including one on Route 70 in Cherry Hill.

Since then, the abandoned dresses have been safe in storage, with plans in the works on what to do with them. According to the Camden County website, The Camden County Board of Freeholders and M&M Realty Partners, LLC are donating the bridal gowns, special occasion dresses, and bridal accessories to veteran/military families in Camden County.

There will be a special dress giveaway two days before Valentine's Day, February 12th from 10 AM to 7 PM, at the Camden County Boathouse for veterans, current military, and their families. Future brides will be paired with bridal consultants to find their dream dress. The price? Free. Wow, what an amazing way to say "thank you" for their service or their family member's service to our country.

Many military spouses never had a true wedding or wedding gown, rushing to the courthouse to get married before deployment. Others are looking forward to renewing their vows after spending long periods of time apart due to orders.

If you'd like to be a part of this, you must have proof of being a veteran or currently in the military, or be in a veteran/military family.

It's first come, first served. They're asking that you kindly pre-register HERE. You will receive a confirmation by email.

Am I the only one who hopes they make a TV special out of this?