LAURINBURG —Almost every girl dreams of her high school prom, her date, how she will wear her hair and what her dress will look like.
For some, that dream might not be realized due to financial difficulties.
But for the second year, Lighthouse Nation’s ARK — Acts of Random Kindness — hopes to help.
ARK is hosting is annual Project No Princess Left Behind to help these young women go the prom with a beautiful and free gown. The event is open to all.
The dress giveaway will be from 6 to 8 tonight and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Lighthouse Nation Church at 11400 Academy Road, Laurinburg, behind Pooles Body Shop.
“We want every girl to be able to go to the prom,” said Jackie Burke, a member of the church in charge of the event. “We don’t want trying to buy a dress, which can cost as much as $300 to stop someone from enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime event.”
Burke remembers how the giveaway was a “real blessing” to one family last year.
“I think it was a really big family and they had an agreement that one girl would go to the prom one year and the other the next, because they really didn’t have enough money to get both girls dresses. Both girls got to go,” she said. “I want to get it out there so more girls can go to their prom.”
This year, more than 100 dresses have been donated and the group is still accepting dresses. The group had about 30 dress last year.
“It is all styles, all sizes, from small to plus size,” Burke said. “Any girl should be able to come in and find something they like.”
Participants are able to try on as many dresses as they like, but can only take home one.
Anyone wanting to donate gently used formal dresses may contact Burke at 910-691-9027 or take a donation to the church during the Friday or Saturday giveaway.
“We always hear all the badness in the world. I want people to know there are people out there who still do acts of kindness.”
Maria D. Grandy can be reached at 910-506-3171.