Though prom season may seem far away, modern-day fairy godmothers are busy gathering gently used gowns and party dresses to be distributed to area high school girls.
Two local groups again are planning "Cinderella" events.
The North Charleston Dream Center, 5505 N. Rhett Ave., will offer dresses 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 6.
In the meantime, organizers are collecting donations at the Dream Center; Seacoast Church, 750 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant; and Bits of Lace Boutique, 302 King St. All sizes are needed.
"Last year, we served around 180 girls, and this year we hope to help 300 girls find their perfect dress," says program Chairwoman Brittany A. Meyers.
This is the third year for the project, which also offers makeup tips and hairstyling.
Also, the 10th annual Cinderella Project, sponsored by the Community Outreach Center at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 403 King St., and the Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar, will have a Cinderella Boutique to give away dresses and accessories 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 13 and March 20 at the auditorium at St. Matthew's, 405 King St.
Organizers are collecting donations 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays at the St. Matthew's Outreach Center or Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 1605 Harbor View Road, James Island; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 604 Pitt St., Mount Pleasant; or Faith Lutheran Church, 3374 Maybank Highway, Johns Island (call 559-1242).
They also can be dropped off 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Spann-Wilder Law Firm, 2131 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, or J. Stanley Claypoole, 2155 Northpark Lane, North Charleston; or 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Knight Law Firm, 207 E. 3rd North St., Summerville.
The Cinderella Project, which began in Florida to honor a young woman who was killed in a car accident, can be found in cities across the country and abroad.
Brenda Rindge can be reached at 937-5713 or at email@example.com.