Cinderella Shop opens in Sumter to provide prom dresses to those unable to afford cost

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 3/7/19

For the 19th consecutive year, the Cinderella Project based at First Presbyterian Church will open its Cinderella Shop for local high school girls to find their prom outfits. Anna Moorman, who has run the project for more than five years with Ashley …

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For the 19th consecutive year, the Cinderella Project based at First Presbyterian Church will open its Cinderella Shop for local high school girls to find their prom outfits. Anna Moorman, who has run the project for more than five years with Ashley Blum, said the shop has collected "new and very gently used prom dresses and accessories" in a variety of sizes and colors to offer free to girls who may be unable to afford the cost.

Moorman said the dresses are all current styles, have been steamed and look brand new. Any local high school girl can come to the shop and pick out a dress, evening purse, shoes and jewelry this weekend and next. Hundreds of girls have done just that since the local program began in 2002.

"We have had a good response over the years," Moorman said, "and the girls, their mothers, grandmothers or friends can just drop in to the shop from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the next two Saturdays or from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays" through March 17. The Cinderella Shop is located in First Presbyterian's West Youth Building to the north of the church at 9 W. Calhoun St., on the northwest corner of North Main and Calhoun streets.

The local Cinderella Project was first organized by a former member of the church, Laura Moushey, whose alma mater, Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, started the now nationwide project. The project has since been managed by First Presbyterian Church volunteers.

Moorman said several schools are having early proms this year, so the Cinderella Shop is also opening early.

Dates and hours to shop are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, March 9 and 16; and 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays, March 10 and 17. No appointment is necessary; girls may just drop in at any time during these hours.

"We have a wonderful selection of formal dresses and look forward to helping these young ladies find a great prom dress," Moorman said.

For more information, contact Blum at doodlebugblum@yahoo.com or (803) 607-9039; or Moorman at afmoorman@yahoo.com or (803) 446-9408.