Local program turning dresses into dreams

Sharon Greeno remembers what it was like to go to her high school prom.

"It’s a big thing," says Greeno. "Maybe a little less than wedding day, but it’s right up there."

The dresses, the jewelry and all that sparkle made Greeno feel like a princess.

It’s a feeling she wants every girl to have, but the price of prom isn’t always in a family’s budget.

So, when Greeno heard there was a local program called Cinderella’s Closet helping girls get glammed up for the big night, she jumped right on board and collected more than 100 dresses.

Susan Kirkham is the local director, and when she saw what the program did for girls in northern Kentucky, she wanted to do the same thing for girls in our area.

In August, she and some friends got together and started collecting dresses. Now they have more than 1,000, including the ones from Greeno.

"It’s really more than a dress, because we hope when the girls walk through the doors that they feel grace, love and respect," says Kirkham.

The girls will have a fairy godmother, just like Cinderella, to help them try on dresses and pick out accessories.

"I have chills right now just thinking about it," says Kirkham. "I get so excited."

Kirkham says they hope to help more than 100 girls get ready for prom this year, but there’s still a lot of work to be done before the doors open on April 16.

Kirkham says they’re in need of plus size dresses, shoes and jewelry, which can all be dropped off Immanuel Baptist Church in Paducah. She says they’re also looking for more volunteers to help out during the event.

Click here for more information on Cinderella’s Closet of the Purchase Area.

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