Blacksburg organizations offer prom dresses to underprivileged students

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- Two organizations in Blacksburg are teaming up to offer prom dresses to students who can't afford them.

It's called the Cinderella Project, and it's run by the local YMCA as well as the Blacksburg Junior Women's Club.

Shoppers from around the New River Valley are invited to choose from more than 400 dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories. There is a suggested donation of $10 for those who can afford it.

One of the organizers said she wants to help make sure girls around the region can have the prom night of their dreams.

"To give back to the community, give back to those girls who want that fairy tale prom that they see on every rom-com that comes out, we want to make them feel so special," said co-coordinator Ashanti Chamberlain.

It's the first year the Blacksburg Junior Women's Club is involved in coordinating the event with the YMCA of Virginia Tech. Organizers say donations and resources are at an all-time high.

"This year, with the Junior Women's Club help, they're contacting the schools for us," said Shannon McGlumphy, the YMCA store manager. "They're soliciting donations, and they're improving the donations they get by fixing up dresses that need a little love."

The boutique is open to the public on February 16 and 17, and March 16 and 17 at the YMCA, located at 1000 North Main Street in Blacksburg.