Almost every girl has a dream to enjoy her Cinderella moment where she can get dolled up and have all eyes on her.
High school proms offer this opportunity as students dress their best to enjoy a special night out on the town. Students and their families have to come up with enough money to buy that dream ensemble, though, and some families have a difficult time managing the expense.
This year Baltimore, Md., native Kenisha Jackson, owner of K’Allure Tresses in Vicksburg, decided that she wanted to eliminate the financial stress that comes along with buying a prom dress.
“The Prom Dress Drive came up around homecoming season,” she said. “I was scrolling down my timeline, and I saw these girls and all their beautiful dresses, and me not being from here, it’s different. I saw that these girls needed dresses for more than just homecoming. So after looking online, I just thought to myself that a Prom Dress Drive would be really great.”
For months, Jackson, known as KayBee by most, has accepted lightly used dresses in hopes of making a girl’s dream of a Cinderella prom night come true.
“I just want the girls to know that there are people here who want to help them out and guide them in the right direction,” she said. “Also, I just wanted any girl who wanted to experience prom to do so. It’s just that simple for me.”
In addition to taking donations, Jackson is busy organizing a distribution event for Feb. 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 1108 Washington St. The event will feature more than dresses. Jackson has also partnered with other local merchants to help make the Prom Dress Drive a success.
“There will be vendors with accessories, (and) hairstylists and makeup artists who will be offering discounted appointments, and people who will be doing alterations on the girl’s dresses,” Jackson said.here.