Random Acts of Walbridge helping ‘Cinderellas’ go to the ball

Katie Siebenaller

        Many high school junior and senior girls in financial need will be able to focus on enjoying their school proms and feeling beautiful on that special night – without worrying about how to afford their dresses and accessories, thanks to the efforts of Random Acts of Walbridge.
        Partnering with Cinderella’s Closet of Northeast Ohio, Random Acts of Walbridge is collecting new and gently used formal dresses, sizes 0-32. The local business asks that all used dresses be in excellent condition and, if possible, cleaned prior to donating.
        “We typically ask for in-trend dresses,” says Random Acts employee, Autumn Baldwin. “You know, girls don’t want to wear their moms’ dresses.”
        In addition, formal shoes, purses, jewelry and new, unopened cosmetics are being collected for “Cinderellas” to match with their dresses at Cinderella’s Closet.
        Based in Sandusky, Cinderella’s Closet provides formal wear and accessories to girls who otherwise could not afford to attend their school’s homecoming dance or prom. While there are no mice involved, the organization is always seeking donations (whether formal wear or money to purchase less commonly donated items) and “fairy godmothers” in the form of volunteers.
        Random Acts’ owner, Caryl Stone was urged to initiate a dress collection at the store by her eldest daughter, Alex, who had experienced a similar charity partnership at her job in Detroit. Stone, always looking for ways to help local schools and the community, couldn’t turn down the opportunity to make wishes reality.
        Stone and Baldwin worked together to find an organization to aid, and that’s how they stumbled upon Cinderella’s Closet of Northeast Ohio.
        “They do their hair, makeup: everything,” Stone said of Cinderella’s Closet. The organization works to not only supply girls in need with dresses and accessories in order to attend their prom — Cinderella’s Closet aims to create a positive and empowering experience for each girl who walks through their doors.
        “For the girls [prom] is an event,” Stone explains. “They want to feel special.”
        Dresses and accessories can be taken to Random Acts of Walbridge, located at 209 N. Main St., Walbridge, during store hours between now and Sunday, March 15.
        Business hours and directions can be found at randomactsofwalbridge.com or on their Facebook page. For more information, call 567-315-8283 or email contact@randomactsofwalbridge.com.
        To register or refer a “Cinderella,” visit Cinderella’s Closet of Northeast Ohio’s website at cinderellascloset.sanduskyspotlight.com.


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