Cinderella’s Closet provides formal wear to young women who could not otherwise attend their prom. Through donations of new and gently used formal dresses and accessories, they are able to
“Turn Dresses into Dreams” for juniors and seniors who are referred to this organization by their school.
Even more than a dress, Cinderella’s Closet provides an amazing, unforgettable experience.
From the moment the princesses dance through the doors, they are greeted with an environment of grace, love and respect. It is their true hope, prayer, and mission that each young lady they help will leave the event with a dress in hand and love in their heart.
This year, on March 16, the fourth annual Cinderella’s Closet Give-Away Event Day will take place. Organizers depend on the resource offices to refer young ladies to them. A letter to the schools was sent in January and final selections and preparations made.
Volunteers are always needed as it takes approximately 100 volunteers to host this event – they are personal shoppers, perform alterations, decorate and help the girls find jewelry, shoes, purses and more. Cinderella’s Closet requires that all volunteers on Event Day are females - 20-years or older. Some of the girls that visit are in foster care or shelters and privacy is a requirement. Each volunteer will be required to have a background check. Volunteers are asked to reimburse the $5 fee for the background check.
Director of Cinderella’s Closet PAC Susan Kirkham is very passionate about this program. “For 2019, we hope to show 100 girls from this area grace, love and respect as each selects her prom dress and accessories,” she told me. Participating schools are from every community in Western Kentucky.
There’s still time to donate!
New or gently used formal wear – less than 5 years old and in excellent condition. High heel formal shoes (Metallic or Black are the most needed, but colors are needed too). Formal purses (Same as shoes – Metallic or Black are the most needed, but colors are needed too). Rhinestone Jewelry – earring, necklaces, bracelets and adjustable rings.
Cinderella’s Closet began as a ministry of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park in 2006. It’s an effort inspired by a teenager, their founder, Erin Peterson met while shopping at a consignment store. Erin overheard the girl ask a clerk if the beautiful, gently-used gown on display could be put on hold while she figured out how to pay for it.
The girl asked her foster mother for the money, but a prom dress is an extra in life, and its price was out of their reach. Seeing her disappointment, Erin bought the dress for her. As tears flooded her eyes, said she would look “just like Cinderella.” For one day, a little girl was transformed into a princess.
What started as one dress for one girl, has now grown into nearly 20 locations of Cinderella’s Closet. In Paducah, Immanuel Baptist Church agreed to be a partner in this ministry, and Cinderella’s Closet Purchase Area Community held its first event in 2016.