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Cinderella Project turns prom dreams into reality

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The smiles on their faces say it all. For some girls, it's their only chance they'll ever have at prom, thanks to two women who are turning dreams into reality one dress at a time.

Lace, sequins or long or short, they're all choices nine very special girls are making Thursday.

Thanks to the Cinderella Project, girls from the School for the Visually Impaired turned their dreams into reality.

"There are students around the world who don't have the privilege to do this," said Jodi Comeaux, a student at the School for the Visually Impaired.

Shelton Jones and her friend Sarah Dupree started their non-profit organization six years ago with the hopes of helping some financially strapped girls go to prom. Now, it's turned into so much more.

"Every girl needs to have that moment where she feels beautiful and feels fulfilled, and it's a really rewarding feeling," said Jones.

Over the years, a weak economy has reduced the number of dresses that are donated every year and that's where State Police comes in. It's their first year to sponsor the Cinderella Project.

"They talked about they had to pay rent for the location, they had to pay rent on the storage. We have a huge warehouse at State Police. We have this cafeteria that's open on weekends," said State Police Col. Mike Edmonson.

So Saturday, March 9th, the State Police headquarters cafeteria will turn into a boutique of sorts for more than 600 Baton Rouge-area girls. The requirements are some form of ID or paperwork proving you are in high school and a female guardian. Each girl will have half an hour to pick out their dress.

"It's what we work for all year long. We want the girls to come here and feel special for a day," said Dupree.

Any high school girls in the BR area in need of a dress can head to the State Police Headquarters Cafeteria on Independence Blvd this Saturday, March 9th, beginning at 8.

If you're interested in making a donation, click here.

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