West Texas Organization Providing Prom Dresses to Those Who Can't Afford One

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

For many high school seniors the prom is a night to remember. But for girls who can't afford a dress, it can be a stressful and embarrassing time.  Now, one West Texas organization is stepping in to help out.

"Operation Glass Slipper" provides prom dresses to young girls who can't afford them. They also provide shoes, jewelry, hair, and make up, all to make a girl feel like the queen of the ball.

"The girls and that are having a tough time, kids they see at high schools struggling and making ends meet, so money for a dress is not in the budget, that's the girl we want to target and help that otherwise wouldn't go to prom," Kim Weaver, Owner of University Bridals, said.

For years, she's donated last-season dresses to organizations around the Country aimed at helping young women's dreams come true, but this year, she decided to keep it local.

"Lets do this here, we will do our own. We will bless the girls of this community and help it all here, that was it, and we started," Weaver said.

There's an easy way to help out the families who can't afford a prom dress.

"Right now, we just need people to refer girls and send them our way," Weaver said.

And for those who believe "Operation Glass Slipper" is too good to be true, Weaver says believe it.

"Its part of our brain that's a little skeptical, we have these dresses and we are going to give them," Weaver said.

The program's success is hinged on counselors, CPS, and community clergy that refer the girls.

Weaver stresses they'll stay tight-lipped about anyone who comes seeking help.

"We will be in touch with the counselors to have time to come to the store, if they want it to be confidential, it will be all up to them, but some will come and wait and see how much publicity. Also to respect privacy, teenage girls, everyone wanting to fit in, that's the idea behind the program," Weaver said.

About 300 dresses have been donated to "Operation Glass Slipper". If you would like to make a donation or you would like to help refer someone, you can contact University Bridals at 432-550-2119.