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'Cinderella Project' seeks donations of prom attire

February 6th, 2012 10:45 pm by Jeff Bobo

ROGERSVILLE — An organization collecting used prom dresses and accessories to provide free of charge to youths who would otherwise have financial difficulties attending this year’s prom has set a donation drop-off date of Saturday at two locations in Hawkins County.

The Rogersville-based “Cinderella Project” is seeking gowns, jewelry, shoes and other prom accessories, as well as boy’s tuxedos and other attire. The goal is to acquire enough prom clothing to serve all those in need within Hawkins County, as well as helping students in adjacent counties.

The two Saturday drop-off locations are New Life Missionary Baptist Church, 202 Goshen Valley Road, Church Hill, and The Looking Glass beauty shop, 301 E. Main St., Rogersville — from noon to 2 p.m.

Any contributor who is unable to make that time can bring a donation at The Looking Glass anytime thereafter during regular business hours.

Although the Cinderella Project was founded by Kayla Williams and Alyson Johnson as a New Life Missionary Baptist Church youth group project, the organization is now covered under the umbrella of the nonprofit Four Square Inc., which is also responsible for Rogersville’s annual free Thanksgiving dinner, the Fourth of July celebration and the men’s biweekly prayer breakfast.

Williams and Johnson founded the Cinderella Project mainly to serve students from Volunteer High School in the Church Hill area.

The project expanded when Looking Glass owner Ann DeWitte and other volunteers recognized a need throughout the region and became interested in serving economically disadvantaged students at Hawkins County’s Cherokee High School, Clinch School, and high schools in adjacent counties as well.

DeWitte said she is also seeking donations for hairstyling, makeup, nails and other expenses that go along with prom preparations.

“We need it all, and we need these things from local businesses as well as those in Kingsport and Morristown and Greeneville,” DeWitte said. “We are trying to serve Hawkins, Sullivan, Washington, Hancock, Greene, Hamblen, Grainger and Jefferson counties as well as Gate City, Virginia, with this project, so business owners in any of those areas can greatly assist us with any contributions.”

The tentative date for students to “shop” for free prom attire is Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at both the New Life Missionary Baptist Church in Church Hill and The Looking Glass in Rogersville.

Private appointments for those unable to shop the day of the event may be made by calling (423) 357-6465 for the Church Hill location or (423) 272-5031 for Rogersville.

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