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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Ward Helps Transform Girls For Prom
Los Angeles Times 19Apr00 D1
By Marianne Love

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, CALIFORNIA -- An LDS ward in California is taking charity one step farther -- turning it into caring about others. The ward has teamed up with the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council and the California Department of Children and Family Services to provide prom dresses, helping less fortunate girls get ready for upcoming high-school events. But the ward also took it one step farther, making the girls "Feel Like a Princess" for a day.

Nearly 60 high school-aged girls visited the ward's LDS chapel to pick up dresses, shoes and accessories appropriate for a prom. The girls also got help from hair and makeup artists, who helped them through a dry-run for their prom night. A photographer then took their pictures.

The event make a difference in how the girls felt about themselves. "I feel so special," said Alisa, one of the girls that attended. "I'm in a foster home and I don't get much attention. This makes me think and know that there are people out there who care."

The ward began collecting "like-new" prom and party dress, shoes and accessories last month. Hair and makeup artists and a photographer donated their time. LDS Church member Donna Momsen, a manicurist who donated her time said the highlight was seeing the girls transformed, "These girls are beautiful and sweet and I have been talking with them and getting to know them a little bit."

While some of the girls that came were from LDS congregations in the La Crescenta-La Canada Flintridge areas, others came with their social workers or with adopted parents. Susan Jakubowski, a regional resource coordinator with Los Angeles County, observed that many faiths participated in one way or another to make the day special for the girls.


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