You guys! I had another shocking, amazing, life changing encounter!
Sunday I volunteered to take photos at this Prom-A-Palooza event. I was sort of (in my own mind) complaining that I had to actually get somewhere by 10:30am… on a weekend. Like going to the gym, which I never do anymore but it's a good analogy, it's not until you actually arrive and start working out that you are really glad you went.
Prom-A-Palooza took place over at FosterCares.org, at their huge warehouse. It's an amazing place. Any kids in foster care or kids being taken care of by their relatives (while their parents are getting their act together) can walk into this place and get gently used anything for FREE! (Kids only get anywhere from $0-$19 per day to meet their needs if they are living with a relative or foster parent.)
However, this day… the organization was open only for girls going to prom. They had collected hundreds of prom dresses in all different sizes. Plus… shoes. Purses. Wraps. Jewelry. Makeup. It was like walking into a ROSS ON PROM STEROIDS!
They had professional makeup artists on hand, working their butts off to put makeup on each girl and send them away with a full bag of makeup! They had volunteers at every corner and some that were personal shoppers to walk around with the girls to help them hold the dresses they chose to try on, while they continued to shop. It was service, at its best! I cried.
I wanted to throw my camera in the back corner and hug every.single.girl that walked in the door and help them find something beautiful to wear.
We all know I have no fashion sense and hate shopping. But, this new lease on life overwhelmed me and I weaseled my way into a girls life (let's be honest, I did this to a few girls) and walked around with her, helping her choose a dress and shoes and jewelry. I'm sure the gal that was her personal shopper wanted to strangle me! But, guess what? She was a red head like B and I knew, knew, knew… this deep purple dress that she didn't pick out would look fabulous on her with her coloring! And, it did. And, it fit perfect. And, it was like the last dress she tried on after a bit of frustration! Take that fashion police! Believe it or not, I also helped her with jewelry. I was so shocked at myself. I was having the best time and tears were forming and it was such an amazing way to spend my time!
Another thing that was going on in a back room was a REAL professional photographer with lights set up, was taking photos of the girls in their makeup and dress! It was amazing watching their shy demeanor change, as Maryann Davidson snapped away and then showed them their photos. I'm not kidding when I say, we could have had a photo shoot with these 250+ girls ALL day. These dresses made them feel beautiful, LIKE THEY ARE! Seriously.
Next year, I'm bringing tissue.
Important Side Note: If you live in the North Fulton area and ever feel like volunteering a little time or you have gently used clothes, shoes, toys, baby stuff, etc., please think about stopping by Foster Cares in Roswell! You'll be glad you did.