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Cinderella’s Closet full, in search of owners for free prom dresses

Posted: March 15, 2017 - 2:21am
Abbigail Lennon/Staff

Andrea Wheeler displays donated prom dresses at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans.
Abbigail Lennon/Staff Andrea Wheeler displays donated prom dresses at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans.

Cinderella's Closet is full and open for business.

The annual free prom dress giveaway is scheduled for this weekend at Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans and has been opened up to all junior and senior girls in the metro-Augusta and surrounding areas.

Cinderella's Closet founder Andrea Wheeler started the ministry through the church in 2015 in an effort to make sure that no girl misses her prom simply because she cannot afford a dress.

"I don't want anybody not to be able to go their high school prom. That's a special night and they should be able to do that," Wheeler said.

A variety of dresses in all sizes await their perfect match in Cinderella's Closet at the third annual Princess Day, this Friday and Saturday.

At the event, each girl will be paired with a fairy godmother, who will help them pick their favorite dress from a myriad of colors and styles in Cinderella's Closet. The girls will get to try the dresses on and get a look and feel for their pick in full-length mirrors. After they pick their favorite dress, the girls will get to choose from a variety of shoes and jewelry to complete their ensemble.

Wheeler said that donations from bridal shops and individuals alike have given them an abundance of dresses, shoes and jewelry for the girls to choose from.

"The first year we probably had 200 dresses, mostly all smaller sizes, but we've got a lot more larger sizes now," Wheeler said. "We've got so much jewelry and so many shoes. Elegant Bridal and Edge Formals in North Augusta and Brittany's House of Elegance have been overwhelming with their donations. We have been very blessed."

After the girls select their ensemble, they will be treated to refreshments while their dress is steamed and bagged for them to take home at no cost.

Wheeler said that girls interested in the free prom dress giveaway event merely have to email cinderellasclosetcco@yahoo.com to get the link to sign up for an appointment, no questions asked.

"It's all confidential and anonymous. Nobody has to know that they're signing up or that they need a dress," Wheeler said. "We want them to feel comfortable and loved and very special that day. We want them to enjoy the experience. I don't ask any questions. If they sign up, we get them a dress."

The event will take place from 4-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 N. Belair Road, Evans. Each girl is allowed to bring one female family member to show their dress selections to.

Cinderella's Closet has served about 50 girls in the past two years, but Wheeler said she hopes to be able to double that this year.

The ministry also recently participated in the Special Needs Prom at True North Church in Augusta. Wheeler said the group held a separate dress-matching event for those prom participants, which saw 40 girls leave with a free ensemble for their big night.

Cinderella's Closet is always looking for dress donations, but Wheeler said that sizes 18 and up are in high demand at the moment.

To learn more about Cinderella's Closet, check out the ministry's Facebook page, Cinderella's Closet Columbia County and Instagram, cinderellasclosetcolco.

 

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