Debbie Anderson says she’s delighted to play a part in writing stories around Cinderella Story, an initiative she began in 2009 to help provide prom dresses for young women whose economic circumstances would otherwise prevent them from experiencing one of the highlight events of the year.
“For young women, grad and prom are two moments in time that mark key social highlights,” said Anderson, who lives in Moore Township. “Along the road to create these happy, lifelong memories is the pressure to keep pace with classmates and friends.”
As Anderson points out on her website (www.cinderellasarnia.org), the expenses associated with these events can be substantial. “Many girls in our area and their families struggle to meet basic needs each day, so the goal of fitting in and outfitting themselves in a nice dress seems an unattainable dream…like something out of a fairy tale,” says Anderson.
Cinderella Story relies on the generosity of dress donors and volunteers to fit girls with the dress of their dreams. The magic happens thanks to a group of enthusiastic community members who fondly remember their own proms and wish every girl has a dream night of her very own.
“The transformation and wide smile on a young lady’s face who may have never owned a dress before or ever felt like she would be able to attend prom gives you goose-bumps,” says Anderson.
This year’s Cinderella Story “Prom Dress Drive” runs from February 13-24, with donations being accepted at several drop-off locations: Libro Credit Union (Sarnia location), the Centre, 360 Tank Street, Petrolia; and Sarnia-Lambton Rebound (Indian Road just north of Wellington).
Dresses must be 2013 or newer, clean and in excellent condition.
The Cinderella Story Sarnia-Lambton’s Prom Dress Boutique takes place on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8. Registration for the event is now open and can be found online HERE.