[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/26/art.fairydust.ofd.jpg caption=”Operation Fairy Dust helps high school girls prepare for prom night when they otherwise couldn’t afford to do so.”]Prom. They say you never forget the day, good or bad. The date. The hair. The makeup. The dress.
But many young girls can’t afford to get all dolled up. Enter Operation Fairy Dust. Founded in 2002, this group was built by young female professionals and graduate students in New York City. It provides high school girls with makeup, accessories and prom dresses, if they can’t buy them on their own.
With sister organizations around the country, these groups sustain themselves with donations and second-hand dresses. The young women who run the group wear tiaras and are as cheerful as they are kind-hearted. They can’t promise a good time, but they can provide the means to have a fair shot at having one.
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