Michelle Norman and Kim York of Yadkinville went on a mission in 2009 to coordinate Project Cinderella to help prom dreams become a reality for girls at Forbush High School. The idea was to collect gently worn formal dresses, ensure they are ‘prom-ready’ and several weeks prior to the prom hold a give-away at the high school.
The collection of prom dresses for Forbush High School began by word-of-mouth and then a community collection was planned on a Saturday at South Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Yadkinville. What could have defeated the project from the very beginning (the three hours that passed without one person stopping by) only fueled Michelle and Kim’s determination to make Project Cinderella a success.
Project Cinderella 2009 had a goal of 50 dresses and with these ladies’ perseverance and community support, ended up collecting over 80 dresses just waiting to for a “date” to the prom. The selection varied in size from conservative and flashy to daring and retro; many with the original tags still in place.
Once Project Cinderella arrived at the high school and made dresses available to the girls, the excitement began. Initially some seemed reluctant and shy; which was short-lived when a few lively girls destined for prom began their search. To capture the look on the face of just one girl who was able to find a prom dress made everything worthwhile and quickly prompted plans for 2010.
This year, Project Cinderella gained in both attendees and its popularity. The event began with additional dresses than from the previous year and was greeted with even more style seekers.
In 2011, Michelle and Kim are planning to expand the project county-wide to include proms at Forbush High School, Starmount High School, and Starmount’s Snowflake Ball. As the project transforms into a brand-new venture called Storybook Dresses by Miki, their collective endeavors will include prom accessories.
While there’s a Cinderella story in each heart and mind of every young girl, Storybook Dresses believes there are true-life Cinderella stories all over the world. In addition to collecting gently-worn formal dresses locally, Storybook Dresses is collecting dresses from all over the United States. Individuals donating dresses that have a lovely story behind them are encouraged to submit their “Cinderella” story with the dress, along with what part of the United States it came from. As girls seek dresses for their special event, Storybook Dresses hopes they will be inspired by the stories behind the dresses.
Please help to make a young girl’s prom dream come true by donating a gently worn formal dress to Storybook Dresses. Dresses may be sent to South Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 1336 Lone Hickory Road, Yadkinville, NC 27055. If your dress has a touching story behind it, please be sure to include it with the dress and where the dress is being sent from. Storybook Dresses has a goal to receive one dress from every state within the United States.
Individuals that live locally and would like to participate in Storybook Dresses in another facet such as volunteering, or hosting a dress collection, please contact Michelle or Kim via email to let them know your availability at [email protected]
Storybook Dresses by Miki is a non-profit organization.