It is no secret that the nation's economy is far from recovering, and with record high unemployment rates, and more and more families struggling to make ends meet, every little bit helps. Communities across the contry have began working together to help each other survive these hard times. Two Dillard, Ga women have taken it upon themselves to do their part for teenagers in neighboring counties.
Dena Carver and her sister-in-law Crystal Carver have started a program called “Fairy Prom Mothers” with the intention of making sure any boy or girl wanting to go to prom is able to do so. The duo set out to provide everything from dresses, tuxedos, photography, hair, makeup, nails and even prom tickets.
“This is the first year we have done Fairy Prom Mothers,” said Dena. “ The reason I decided to do it is because while I was searching for dresses for my two juniors, I realized how expensive it is for prom. I understand how bad the economy is right now, so I started looking around and found out that I could find some prom dresses for really great deals so I started buying them.”
Originally, the program was established to help young women by providing them with the dresses, shoes and accessories they need for prom, but after parents started calling the duo needing help with tuxedo rentals, Dena and Crystal were glad to help. “Anyone wanting to be a part of the program just has to call myself or Crystal and make an appointment,” said Dena. “Then they come to my house and try on the dresses and pick out their shoes, jewelry and purses and then if the dresses need altered I do that and then they will come back to make sure everything fits correctly.”
Dena then told her sister-in-law what she was doing and Crystal was happy to help. Crystal was raised by a single mother and was unable to go to prom because her family couldn't afford to send her, so she is excited to have the opportunity to give others the chance she didn't have. “Crystal started us a facebook page and the word started spreading about what we are doing,” said Dena. “People started to donate dresses and then people started volunteering to do hair, makeup, nails and photos so it just sort of took off, we wouldn't be able to do all that we do if it were not for the people in the community offering their services and donations.”
As of right now, Fairy Prom Mothers has helped eight students from Rabun and two from Franklin. With the word spreading about the program, Fairy Prom Mothers now have supporters to help with students in Rabun, Macon, Jackson and Haywood Counties. The program is quickly growing and now has more than 120 dresses available for girls. According to Dena, soon they will be looking for a new space to work out of because the current space they are using, Dena's bedroom and bathroom, isn't quite big enough to meet the growing demands.