Formal wear donations support US military events

On front row is military spouse Courtney Hissong. On back row from left are military spouses Idalis Patterson, Kathleen Kent and Angie Colwell. Colwell will continue taking donations for Operation Deploy Your Dress in Natchitoches.

Operation Deploy Your Dress (ODYD) is a nonprofit that provides free formal wear to military ID cardholders, donated by the American public in hopes of increasing attendance at formal military events and boosting camaraderie in the military community.

This article published in the March 31, 2022, print edition

Mikala Colwell, Alice Armour, Linda Lee, Pearl Walker, Sylvia Lacour, Geraldine Clark, Kirby Smith Peddy, Alyssa Wright, Merle Antoon, Danielle Cobb, Jan McCain, Allison Niette, Darlene Knecht, Jana Mayeaux, Jan Harrington and Karen Corken of Natchitoches donated 111 gowns, a tuxedo, a suit, shoes and jewelry. Fort Polk military spouses Idalis Patterson, Kathleen Kent and Courtney Hissong picked up the donations March 24. Ft. Polk ODYD will host their soft opening April 2-3.
Angie Colwell, former military spouse and Natchitoches resident, will continue to collect donations for Fort Polk ODYD throughout the year. Contact her at 507-430-8834 to schedule a drop off.