March 10, 2014
A Fluvanna County church is helping to make sure teen girls who can't afford prom dresses have everything they need for the big event. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes, CBS19's Stephanie Satchell is featuring the outreach group at Effort Baptist Church where volunteers are putting on a special program called Glass Slipper.
Volunteers at Effort Baptist Church in Fluvanna County are transforming their sanctuary into a boutique called Glass Slipper.
"Fluvanna has girls that are not able to purchase prom dresses. I do have a daughter and I've been a single mom for 11 years. Now I'm able to buy these prom dresses in her senior year but they are expensive. So, if we can help anyone just feel good about themselves, that's what we want to do," said Kim Feight, Event Coordinator.
Coordinators and volunteers have been working for months collecting new and gently used items. It's all in an effort to make sure teens have everything they need to make prom night extra special.
"To know that a young lady found that perfect dress and is not able to afford that dress, it completely transforms that particular young lady. It actually brightens her smile and it actually gives her the self-confidence that she may need in order to hold her head up high and to actually carry herself much differently," said Karen Collier, Event Coordinator.
The girls have a lot to choose from. On the racks, young customers will find a variety of long gowns and short dress in sizes 0 to 28. There's also a wide range of jewelry and purses to complete each look.
"It gives you the actual warmth on your heart and knowing that you've actually helped a girl in need it's just absolutely amazing beyond words," said Collier.
Many people call these volunteers heroes for their hard work and service to the community because without this program, many teens wouldn't be able to attend prom.
Organizers say, it's their faith and many volunteers that make Glass Slipper a success.
"I give all the glory to God. God has given me a great team to work with and it's actually been very easy," said Feight.
Glass Slipper is opening up it's boutique for a second time on Saturday March 15. Volunteers will open the Effort Baptist Church from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm for you young ladies to shop at a discounted price. Any teen girl in the community is welcome to participate.