'I feel like a queen!'-Cinderella Society delivers royal treatment

Lexington Park, MD- Dozens of teens received the royal treatment Thursday, April 12 at the Lexington Park Library’s Cinderella Society’s Pre-Prom prep.

It was an evening complete with shopping, hair and makeup, and refreshments. Tashonda Williams (right) came looking for a dress for a military ball and left feeling “like a queen.”

“I was surprised by the selection,” Williams said. Thanks to the help from volunteers, she has everything she needs, including alterations to her dress. “They helped me pick out a dress and I love it because purple is my favorite color.”

For Kandace Russell, she was nervous about trying on dresses. “I’m not really the dress up type but I feel very pretty.”

Russell (left) scored big at the event and walked away with everything she needed. “I found a shawl, dress, shoes, jewelry, and a purse.”

Makeup and hair stylists also volunteered their time to teach the girls a few tricks they can do at home. Two seamstresses offered to make on-site alterations.

The event was the brainchild of Children’s Librarian Andrea Burgess. She started collecting dresses just one month ago and was overwhelmed by the response. “With the amazing outpouring from the community, all of these girls can go home and have a great dress.”

It wasn’t just dresses that were up for grabs. “People donated shoes, purses, jewelry, and makeup and I wasn’t turning anything down,” Burgess said.

The best part? It was all free. “Everyone keeps asking where do I pay? What do I need to do?” Burgess said it was a way to support the teens in Southern Maryland.

In the end, more than 250 dresses of all shapes, sizes, and styles were available for the teens—many with the tags still attached.

Burgess, who is a military spouse, will be leaving the area this summer on military orders but she hopes the event continues in her absence. “I hope with the community outpouring that everyone wants to see this happen again.

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