by staff editorial

Prom night. It’s an evening girls have dreamed about since they were little—a night they imagine pulling out all the stops to feel like a princess. But some girls cannot afford this experience, particularly not the cost of an expensive gown. That’s where Fairy Goodmothers come in.

Started in 2005, Fairy Goodmothers is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping girls in central Ohio find a prom dress, along with accessories, free of charge. The organization strives to help each girl have a night that will make them feel beautiful and build their self-esteem.

Each girl who walks through the door of The Cinderella’s Closet Boutique in The Shops at Worthington Place is given the help of a Personal Shopper. Only 25-to-50 girls are admitted into the store at a time so that each person receives the special attention she needs to find the perfect dress.

Since their establishment, the Fairy Goodmothers’ volunteers have helped 5,000 girls leave their shop with a dress and accesssories in hand to show off on prom night. In 2011 alone, the program distributed more than 1,000 gowns.

Every girl deserves to have a night where she gets to wear a gorgeous gown and feels beautiful, but many would not have been able to experience this without the help of Fairy Goodmothers.

For girls attending prom this year, consider donating your prom dress and accessories to Fairy Goodmothers next winter. Something as simple as cleaning out your closet can make the night of another girl. Dresses should be on hangers; accessories should be in ziplock bags. For more information on how to donate or to volunteer with the organization, go to