Turning Dresses Into
by KELLY THORNBERRY
CALLING ALL FAIRY GODMOTHERS ACROSS THE
Local princesses need you!
exactly the call that one Lexington woman answered. Fairy Godmother, Carrie
Andrews, read a spring 2012 article by Merlene Davis, Lexington Herald-Leader
reporter, about an agency that planned to take a trailer of formal wear to
junior and senior girls living in West Liberty area after the spring 2012
tornado devastated the area.
when prom is over, the girls keep everything they’ve been
Frankfort Chapter, one of 13 chapters nationwide, made it their mission to aid
West Liberty because there are no chapters in that area. It was a mission
Carrie wanted to join.
to fashion, I'm into dresses, and its exciting to be a part of something to help
others with something that I’m already involved with in my spare time," Carrie
along with fellow Fairy Godmother, Kimberly Wade, joined the Frankfort
Cinderella's Closet Chapter at a school in West Liberty where they went through
a brief orientation with 50 other Fairy Godmothers, 10 seamstresses and several
men who steamed the dresses. The orientations prepared them to serve nearly 300
hundred awaiting princesses.
process of dressing each princesses takes 20-30 minutes. There are time
slots they operate by, but they spend as much time as needed to make sure each
girl has everything she needs.
Carrie initiated the trip to West Liberty to join the Frankfort Chapter, it was
her friend, Kimberly Wade, who answered the call back home to start Cinderella's
Closet of the Bluegrass Region which serves Lexington and surrounding
"She came to me and asked if I would team up with her to get
this project going," said Carrie. Carrie agreed, and nearly a year
later they are preparing for their first big event 8 & 9 March
2013. No junior or senior girl is turned away as long as she can get
transportation to the church.
ESTABLISHING THE BLUEGRASS CHAPTER
will soon address the Ashland Oil Company in Lexington hoping for
chapter received an anonymous $2,000 donation on the onset that gave them the
ability to purchase industrial racks and other essentials to get the ministry
Cinderella's Closet originated as a ministry of Immanuel United
Methodist Church in Lakeside Park, KY, and the bluegrass chapter uses the same
model and motto as the original chapter that started in 2007.
dressing each princess in style, they give them more than just a snazzy dress
and a touch of bling. They give them dignity and the knowledge that they are
loved. “They need to know that they are loved. They are loved by God and
we want to do whatever we can do to make these girls feel beautiful. We focus on
the experience, treating them with as much love and care as we possibly
way to help with their self esteem."
8 & 9 March 2013
NorthEast Christian Church
990 Star Shoot Parkway
Lexington, KY 40509
859.299.1251 ext. 211
•Be a Fairy Godmother and work
one-on-one with our princesses.
•Throw a Cinderella’s Closet
party to collect dresses and accessories.
•Host a dress drive at your
school, work or church.
•Make a monetary donation to
purchase items that are not donated.
•Donate gently used or new
formal gowns, shoes, purses and jewelry.
Donations can be delivered to: NorthEast Christian Church
8:00 am - 5:00
For Detailed Information
A Fairy Godmother assists a Princess at West Liberty, KY.
A Fairy Godmother escorts a Princess down the hall of a school in West Liberty, KY.
A princess and Carrie Andrews, right, the Media Director with Cinderellas Closet.