Turning dresses into dreams for Prom

Prom night gets more expensive every year. There’s not only hair, make-up and corsages. The perfect dress comes with a hefty price tag. That’s where Cinderella’s Closet of the Purchase Area Parkway comes in. It helps some girls find the gown of their dreams.

“Oh this one is pretty. I like these rhinestones,” said senior Anne Shelton as she starts searching for a gown for prom. “I keep things simple with my fashion,” said Shelton.

Gowns, simple or blingee, cause some families to stretch their budget. “We come from a family that doesn’t have a lot of money. Not enough to buy a $200 prom dress every year,’ explained Shelton.

That’s where Cinderella’s Closet comes in. “When you walk in you’ll see racks and racks of dresses. We’ll have 800 to 1,000 dresses set up,” said Susan Kirkham. It was 12 years ago that Kirkham says this started with one woman buying a prom dress for a girl who’s foster family couldn’t afford it. ” And so when she got that dress she looked at Erin and said i feel just like Cinderella. What started as buying one dress in a consignment store has turned into all of this,” said Kirkham.

Cinderella’s closet offers a variety of dresses to young ladies of all body types. “If we can’t use the dress we’ll save the zipper. If there is a dress that’s real blingee we save the bling if we can’t use the dress,” said Kirkham. Shelton will be one of dozens finding their pick-up day will be similar to Cinderella’s story. “I think this is a great opportunity for people who don’t have that. Because I think it’s really important in today’s society to make other people feel like they can have what they need,” said Shelton

Cinderella’s closet is in need of jewelry, shoes or cash donations. Donations can be dropped off at Immanuel Baptist Church on Buckner Lane in Paducah. You can drop off item Monday – Friday from 8:30 until 4:30 P.M. Female volunteers are also needed on Saturday, March 17th for pick-up day.

For more information visit: http://www.cinderellasclosetpac.com/home/contact/


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