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'Cinderella's Closet' helping make prom a dream come true for Jeff Davis students

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It's the one night in high school that many never forget - the prom. But with it being very costly - especially the dress -  many girls make a difficult decision and opt not to go. 

"I was debating on it," said Harlee Istre, a Jennings High School junior.

"We hear a lot of the need, especially of the young ladies that are not going to prom, because they don't have the dress or they can't find the dress or don't want to go out of town, so we thought we'd bring the dresses to them," said Lenor Cox, president of the Optimist Club of Jennings.

And that's how "Cinderella's Closet" was born. 

"We started out with over 150," said Cox. "We've probably got at least 100 left because as we're getting rid of dresses, we've got people coming in and bringing dresses."

Some of these dresses might cost around $200-$300, but girls in Jeff Davis Parish can come out and get them for free. 

"I felt weird; I walked out the door and I felt like I need to make a donation," said Istre.

Istre wasn't expecting to even find a dress, let alone get it for free - but she did.

"I didn't think I could find one because I always have trouble, but when I found that one that fit, I knew I had to get it," said Istre.

 Cox said the organization has received brand new, expensive dresses with tags on them and it's great to see her community coming together to help.

"It's one thing when you give something that's used that your kids have outgrown or you outgrow or you don't fit in it anymore but, to come and donate dresses of that value - that tells me how much this project means to them and how much they want to see these young ladies have a good night," said Cox. 

Girls can not only get a free dress, but they can get shoes, accessories, and even vouchers to get their hair and makeup done - all for free as well 

"It's a really good thing and I think it will benefit a lot of people who come around," said Istre.

"It's going to hopefully give them one good night to remember and it's giving that we receive, so this is all about giving back," said Cox.  

The Optimist Club will be showing more dresses Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Salon Boutique in Jennings.

If you are interested in donating a new or used dress you can contact the Optimist Club HERE.

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