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How you can help give “The Gift of Prom”
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The Gift of Prom will help provide tux fittings, dress shopping, shoes and more “to give at-risk and/or homeless students the gift of prom.”

The Place of Forsyth County and Northside Hospital Forsyth are teaming up to help make prom special for local students dealing with homelessness and other issues.

The two organizations are coming together for The Gift of Prom, which will help provide tux fittings, dress shopping, shoes and more “to give at-risk and/or homeless students the gift of prom.”

“At The Place of Forsyth, we believe that every person truly does have a purpose, and we want so badly for our local youth who may feel forgotten or left out, to know that they are worthy of a great prom too,” said Joni Smith, president and CEO of The Place, in a news release. “We want them to know they are remembered, valued, and that they do have people in their corner cheering them on.”

The program is seeking volunteers to sponsor a “king or queen” financially or to donate “gently used gowns, tuxedos and accessories and new undershirts/wear.”

“The staff at Northside Hospital Forsyth eagerly participates in ‘The Gift of Prom’ as a powerful way to extend our Acts of Kindness initiative to the community,” said Carolyn Booker, chief nursing officer. “It allows us to be a part of creating a transformational experience for the students and give back in a unique and meaningful way.”

Organizers are seeking king ($250 for tux rentals, shoes, undershirt, socks, corsage or boutonniere, haircut, dinner and prom tickets) and queen ($350 for dress, alterations, shoes, corsage or boutonniere, hair style, manicure/pedicure, accessories, dinner and prom tickets) sponsors for the event.

The program will support at least 30 local students and is in need of prom dresses, tuxes, undershirts, dress socks and shoes of all sizes, along with accessories including jewelry, clutches/handbags, bowties, cummerbunds and ties.

To donate financially, go to ThePlaceofForsyth.org/youth-outreach.html. Donated items will be accepted until Monday, March 23 at The Place, 2550 The Place Circle, Cumming. For more information, contact naomi@theplaceofforsyth.org.