Teenager Logan Square wanted to have a Quinceañera. Her neighbors gathered to make it happen

LOGAN SQUARE – Dennise Melecio didn’t expect much when she posted on Facebook, asking her neighbors in Logan Square to help her find an affordable quince dress so her daughter could celebrate despite recent family struggles.

But in a few minutes, the neighbors flooded Meletius ‘box, offering to help the family find a dress – and much more – so that Meletius’ daughter could have real fun.

“It started growing immediately,” said Melecio, 44.

Melecio’s daughter Aliyani turns 15 this month and is looking forward to her quinceañera since she turned 14, the two said. Quinceañera is a party to celebrate the girl’s 15th birthday. It has its roots in Mexico and remains an important tradition for many families in Chicago.

But the family did not know if they would be able to celebrate due to illness and financial problems.

Aliyani Melecio said she wants the feeling of trying on a dress even if she can’t buy it and has a quinceañera. Her mom approached a Facebook group in Logan Square to ask for help.

Dennise Melecio announced on Monday – without telling her daughter – that she wants to borrow a dress for a few hours just to take a picture of her daughter wearing it.

The announcement received hundreds of reactions and comments, including at least 50 offers of help – and they are still coming, said Dennise Melecio. Neighbors offered everything from free photos and dresses to flowers, nail appointments and a DJ, said Aliyani Melecio.

“The response has been incredible,” said Dennis Melecio. “For a while I was in tears, as if I was just now… It was amazing, just an offer, knowing that there are so many people who were interested and caring.”

Melecios said the quinceañere celebrations are now gathering and that they have started preparing for the celebration with close friends and family at the end of the month. They accepted several offers from neighbors, including photography, cake, flowers and nail polish.

Dennise Melecio said that now she is just looking for someone to fix her daughter’s hair.

“I was just asking to borrow a dress, and just see the outcome and see how the neighborhood offers so much – I feel like family,” said Dennis Melecio.

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