WILLIAMSON — She may not be a fairy Godmother and carry a magic wand, but April Mullins could definitely play the part. The Williamson Memorial Hospital (WMH) registered nurse was barely finished with the toy drive she headed up for the hospital that provided Christmas to over 750 children when she had another brilliant idea and set the wheels in motion for a very worthwhile community-minded project.
“Since prom time is drawing near, I know that girls everywhere are already looking for dress potentials. However; I was thinking back to when I was in high school, and my mom and family didn’t have a lot of money,” said Mullins. “My mom would always try to make a way - no matter what, but I know that it today’s economy, there are many families who can’t afford to purchase all the things girls need and want for the prom such as a dress, shoes, jewelry, hair and makeup, pictures - it’s an impossible situation.”
With those thoughts in her mind, Mullins decided to make the senior prom for a number of under privileged/less fortunate high school girls from Mingo Central and Tug Valley a reality. The nurse and her group of willing volunteers are asking for donations of prom dresses, shoes and accessories from the public, and are excited to see several people already coming forward with items that will assist with the makeovers.
“Most teenage girls have at least one prom gown hanging in their closet that won’t be worn again,” stated Mullins. “Why not donate to someone who will appreciate it, who can’t afford one?”
“A friend of mine who is a beautician, Kim Evans, who owns and operates ‘Hair by Kim’ at Delbarton has agreed to do the girls’ hair and makeup free of charge, and I have other volunteers who do nail art that has graciously volunteered to take care of that portion of the makeover. We will also be taking photos of the girls and mailing them to their homes after the proms, so I think we’ve just about got all of the angles covered. We just need more donations of dresses, shoes and jewelry. If you don’t have prom accessories but would like to make a monetary donation, every penny we get will be used to purchase items for this event.”
The WMH is partnering with Josh Murphy and Kelly Dean of the STOP Coalition in Gilbert to provide information to the girls receiving the makeovers concerning drinking and drugs, and the steps to take to assure their special night stays a safe one.
“To those who have already donated dresses and other things for the girls, I can’t thank you enough. To those who have items you no longer need, please pass them on and let them go to a good cause,” remarked the makeover organizer. “We none know when the hand being extended asking for help could be our own.”
If you would like to donate to the Cinderella Story project, please contact Mullins at 304-784-4459 or 304-475-3551. You may also call Jacqueline Atkins at 304-899-6104 or Sally Irick at 606-456-4254. If you want to drop off your dresses, shoes, etc., you can either take them to the 3rd floor nursing station of the WMH or to the Williamson Daily News located on 2nd Ave. in Williamson.
Mullins ended the interview by telling the heartwarming story of a co-worker that had spoken with her following the announcement of the prom makeovers, and asked to share it with the WDN subscribers.
“My friend came up to me with tears in her eyes and thanked me for doing this, and said she knows what it’s like to be in this situation. She told me that without help from others, she would not have been able to go to her prom. She said she knows we are making a difference for someone out there – because that someone used to be her.”