For many Coastal Bend students, it was indeed a rough start to the new school year after Hurricane Harvey, their schools left in tatters but now within those walls a time-honored tradition the prom.
A local "fairy godmother" and an organization in Goliad are teaming up to give some teens in Rockport a fairytale prom.
Some teenage girls see prom as the pinnacle of their high school experience.
But for many at Rockport High School prom is a brief escape from the reality that Harvey left behind.
"They are still without basic necessities they are still living in tents. they are still without electricity and buying a dress is not on the top priority list," said Teresa Hunter, Rockport's fairy godmother.
Hunter is making it her priority to make it a special night for the class of 2018.
"Two forces are better than one, and both of us together can serve a greater amount of young girls needing help," Hunter said.
Hunter and the Southern Glam Project out of Goliad, Tx. are collecting prom dresses to give to senior girls. Hunter usually helps six to ten girls every prom season.
"I see that jumping up to possibly 30 just because there's so much need this year," Hunter said.
The two are asking for the public to donate age-appropriate and gently used dresses.
"It will be taken care of, and it will be used for the greater good instead of having it in your moms closet while you go off to college," Hunter said.
Hunter will pick up any donations, or they can be dropped off at Coolings Automotive in Rockport, and she also asks for volunteers to help with hair, makeup and photography on the big day April 28.
"Every girl deserves a moment where she's the princess for the night," Hunter said.
If you'd like to help make a prom dream come true, contact Rockport's Fairy Godmothers at 361-463-8325, or visit The Southern Glam Project.
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