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Annual Cinderella Project will give Aiken students prom dresses for free

February 28, 2019

The Young Lawyers Division of the South Carolina Bar is preparing to kick off its 18th annual Cinderella Project, and is asking for the community’s help in donating new and gently used prom dresses for the occasion.

The Cinderella Project helps high school girls get prom dresses through donations from local communities. Prom dresses, which can be expensive, aren’t always in the budget for some high school girls. The project sets up drives throughout South Carolina and provides donated dresses to young students across the state.

“This project gives us a unique opportunity to increase students’ confidence by providing them a beautiful dress and shoes free of charge,” said YLD Cinderella Project Committee Chair Erica Lybrand. “I love seeing the relief of parents who no longer need to worry about the financial burden of the prom experience.”

Lybrand said it’s a “blessing” to make iconic memories of school, like prom, “extra-special” for young girls.

A total of eight popup boutiques will be held in various South Carolina counties. The Aiken popup boutique will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at The Mill at Millbrook Baptist Church.

Students need a valid student ID in order to participate. The dresses and shoes at the boutique are free.

This event relies on local donations. New or gently used prom dresses and shoes can be donated at the following locations for the Aiken boutique;

• Second Circuit Solicitor’s Office: 109 Park Ave. S.E.

• WJBF News Channel 6: 1336 Augusta West Parkway, Augusta

• Aiken Regional Medical Centers: 302 University Parkway

Millbrook Baptist Church is located at 223 South Aiken Blvd.

For more information, visit cinderellaprojectsc.com.