Lancaster “fairy godmothers” make dreams come true

March 17, 2014 by  

To cater for families who may struggle to afford the dresses they need for special occasions, Cinderella’s Closet is getting set to help all girls who need dresses achieve their dream.

The shop gives away donated clothing, as well as accessories, and has done annually since 2008. Last year, 93 girls, who came from 21 different schools, took part. This year, the shop’s volunteer “fairy godmothers” will once again be on hand to help girls in grades from eight through 12, put together a special outfit for their prom. They advise on the dress itself, as well as the accessories, including shoes, jewelry, evening bags, and wraps.

Jay Bahnsen, who is the event coordinator, said the shop needs donations. It is looking for prom dresses in all lengths, evening gowns from any era, and even vintage and bridesmaid dresses, as long as the clothing is in good condition. The shop is particularly keen to receive dresses in plus sizes, and shoes in size 8 and above.

The event is slated for March 29 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Crossroads, located in Lancaster at 2095 West Fair Avenue. The dresses are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a volunteer assigned to each girl as she arrives.

Shops holding events like this will often consult a poster printing company to create window displays, so people will know the event is upcoming.