EDITORIAL: Glitz, glamour — and giving

Feb. 07, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

“The prom is a major life experience for a girl in high school.”

Teresa Dew Kelly, director of Christians United Outreach Center (CUOC) of Lee County, is absolutely right. The prom is a significant event for any high school student and ranks as “THE” social event of the year in many high schools. But it’s an especially important time for the girl because she has the opportunity to dress up and shine — like a princess.

Unfortunately, it’s a fact that some families are unable to afford the glitz and glamour that go along with the prom experience. That’s where the CUOC comes in with its Second-Chance Prom Gown Program.

The nonprofit is now soliciting prom dresses, shoes, jewelry, accessories and makeup for the program. Guidance counselors at Lee County and Southern Lee high schools will be identifying those girls who are unable to afford the prom experience and will be chosen to visit CUOC to pick out their gown for the event.

“To not be able to experience being a princess and having a special night with her peers because of finances is sad,” says Kelly. “And if we can do something to help eliminate the cost of doing that, the better.”

For the giver, it’s an opportunity to know that their previously used items are going to good use for someone else to enjoy — and the donations to CUOC are tax-deductible. In addition, individuals can make donations to the cause — with the monies used to help the girl purchase a dress if one if not available in her size.

Donations can be made at the CUOC facility located at 2885 Lee Ave., Sanford.

It seems that whenever there is a need in our community, someone steps to the forefront to help make this a reality. Thanks to the CUOC and those who volunteer for this Second-Chance Prom Gown program, as well as the gracious donors, there are many girls who have been made happy through this generous gesture.

As Kelly so aptly stated, “What a better way to put a smile on a girl’s face.”