Fairy Godmothers Help Girls Look Pretty For Prom

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

Leanna Mawyer and Heather Eavers remember their senior prom two years ago fondly.

"It's kind of a coming of age thing, being able to say I'm a senior, this is my dance," said Leanna Mawyer, of Fairy Godmothers of Virginia.

Now, they want every teen girl to have that experience, no matter what. The two started up Fairy Godmothers of Virginia. It's part of a national program geared towards helping underprivileged girls get glitzed up for the big dance.

"It's really expensive to go now a days, but everybody should be able to go and that's what we're trying to help them out with," said Heather Eavers.

The Augusta County girls began collecting donated items last week and have already racked up dozens of dresses and accessories.

"The community involvement has been great and we've had such a good response," said Mawyer.

The best part is the girls can look like a million bucks for just under $10. In fact, dresses go for $5. Shoes and accessories run between $1 and $2.

If the dress needs minor alterations or dry-cleaning, Fairy Godmothers of Virginia will do it free of charge. Also, they'll work on hair and makeup at no cost the day of the prom.

"We want all the girls to have the best experience for the least amount of money possible," said Eavers.

The girls said that so far they've collected about 100 different items including dresses, shoes, and accessories. Now, they're hoping that some prom-goers will come out and take advantage of what they've been able to collect.

Even though the group is based out of Stuarts Draft they said all teen girls that need a helping hand are welcomed. They're hoping Fairy Godmothers continues to grow, giving others the same opportunity they had in high school.

"It's a really great feeling," said Mawyer.

Girls looking to visit Fairy Godmothers of Virginia must have a recommendation from a teacher or faculty member showing that they really are in need.

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