Mid-Michigan organization hosts prom dress giveaway

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — A Mid-Michigan nonprofit today helped high school girls say yes to the perfect prom dress for free. This is the organization’s second prom dress contest of the year.

Dozens of girls had the chance to stroll through “Cinderella’s closet” and rummage through shelves filled with dresses of all designs, colors and sizes. These girls were on the hunt, and some went home with their perfect dress.

Yellow, pink, blue, red and purple are just a few colors that girls like Jade Tolm could choose from to find the right dress for a special day.

“It’s like oh I’m going to prom, that’s it,” Jade said.

Jade’s mother, Theresa, wanted to make her daughter’s prom day special, but the financial burden was just too much.

“I’m financially pretty tight right now with prices for everything,” Theresa said.

This is what brought them to the non-profit organization Ever After Opportunities. It made Jade’s wish for the perfect dress and Mom’s wish for an affordable dress a dream come true.

“It means a lot to me because I’m excited and it just makes me kinda happy,” Jade said.

Ever After Opportunities is an organization serving Central Michigan youth by providing life skills classes and community mentoring.

“My vision is just to reach every child and give them their forever opportunity,” said Sparkle Peterson.

Peterson is the president of the nonprofit. She says buying a prom dress shouldn’t break the bank.

“I feel like no kid should have to worry about finances coming into prom,” Peterson said.

Linda Cooper raised her three granddaughters alone and says the event is a saving grace.

“It’s really the best I can afford,” Linda said.

Her granddaughter Diamond says it makes all the difference.

“This event is really helpful for me. I’m really grateful to her for helping me pick out a dress,” Diamond said.

Cooper says her granddaughter’s prom will be a night to remember with this new dress.

“For her, picking out a dress that she’s really happy with and the smile on her face…that’s good,” Linda said.

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