REEDSVILLE - The basement of a small Reedsville church has been transformed into a girl's dress-up paradise.
With more than 250 dresses, shoes and other accessories, Cinderella's Closet at Church Hill United Methodist Church has options for every girl's style - colorful florals and beaded satins, gauzy skirts and little black dresses.
And the best part about Cinderella's Closet is that everything is free.
Sentinel photos by BUFFIE BOYER
Volunteer Timi Narehood displays just a few of the 250 prom dresses to be given away at Cinderella’s Closet at the Church Hill United Methodist Church in Reedsville. Donations of dresses, shoes and jewelry are still being accepted.
Beginning last year as a community outreach project, organizer Kathy Macchiaverna said she wanted to give every girl the chance to attend prom by offering free dresses to those who may not be able to afford them.
But Cinderella's Closet is open to everyone, and dresses are not exclusively for prom, said volunteer Timi Narehood. The closet has dresses suitable for formals like senior dinner dances and concerts, she said.
There are no questions asked and no strings attached, Macchiaverna previously said.
Fact BoxIf You Go What: Cinderella’s Closet When: 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through March 30 or by appointment Where: Church Hill United Methodist Church, Pleasant View Drive, Reedsville <<< For more information, call Timi Narehood at 667-3114 or Kathy Macchiaverna at 667-2004.
Last year, the closet gave away 120 gowns, Narehood said. On its first day open this year, Narehood said five young women left with dresses.
"It's exciting to see the girls try on their dresses," Narehood said. "This has turned into something really wonderful."
Organizers set up dressing rooms for the girls, and several full-length mirrors stand around the room.
They bring their families and friends, and they take pictures on the cell phones, she said.
Sizes range from 2 to 24, and the styles are everything from short to long, poofy to straight, Narehood said. Many of the dresses have only been worn once, and even some are brand new, she said.
Those with ripped straps or missing beads have been repaired, and others have been spot-cleaned as needed, she said.
The outreach also has been a blessing for the church, Narehood said.
"The people who donated are the real heroes," Narehood said. "We are just happy to provide the place to do it."
A couple of girls who chose dresses last year even came back to donate this year, Narehood said.
"Try it if you're interested," Narehood said encouragingly. "See if there's anything you like."
Cinderella's Closet is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the church, on Pleasant View Drive just outside of Reedsville.
Appointments also are available for anyone who cannot come on Tuesdays. To make an appointment or for more information, call Timi Narehood at 667-3114 or Kathy Macchiaverna at 667-2004. Donations are still being accepted.