The end of the school year is near which means prom season is here.
It Takes a Village, an organization that strives to support youth, caregivers and school personnel, helped several local girls say “yes” to the dress.
Members of the organization hosted their annual Girls and Gowns Giveaway Sunday to make the prom shopping experience easier and free.
This event even made one girl’s dreams come true.
Katie Dierker, a Tazewell County resident, walked into the prom dress giveaway not knowing that she would have walked away with a fulfilled dream and new friends.
At the age of 16, she had a brain infection causing her to be in a coma for two weeks and hospitalized for 89 days.
After leaving the hospital she had to relearn several basic skills, causing her to miss one of the biggest events in high school, senior prom.
Bernice Gordon-Young, president of It Takes a Village, found out that she was no longer in high school, but after hearing her story couldn’t help, but to offer her prom dresses.
“They gave two dresses to me with makeup jewelry and shoes and I couldn’t be more grateful,” Dierker said.
Gordon-Young said it was heartwarming to see her reaction upon trying them on.
“It was so beautiful and she cried when she saw herself and I said she’s gotta have it,” Gordon-Young said.
Katie said now she feels beautiful again.
“It’s not just about dresses it’s about giving young ladies an opportunity to recognize their self-worth,” Gordon-Young said.
Katie’s boyfriend, Chad Walker, accompanied her to the store and said he was overwhelmed by how amazing and loving the organization was to his girlfriend.
“I feel like the best part to be grateful for its not the dress it’s not the make-up it’s not the shoes, it’s not (the) stuff you know it’s the actions of the people here,” Walker said.
Gordon-Young said their organization is about showing love to neighbors near and far.
Walker said he will make sure Katie gets to have her special day.
“I wanna give Katie the prom that she never had,” he said.