Once again this year, the Cinderella Project of Maine is offering free prom gowns to Maine students.

High School teens look forward to the prom all year long, but it's an expensive endeavor. From the gown to the shoes, hair and nails, accessories, it runs into a lot of money, very fast. And, for many parents, becomes a very stressful time because they want their children to have the best, but the budget just won't cooperate.

So a wonderful organization called 'The Cinderella Project of Maine' is swooping in again this year, like a fairy godmother, and helping make prom dreams come true. The group sets up shop with racks and racks of prom gowns, and even some accessories to help dress them up. Students from all Maine high schools are invited to stop by during one of the giveaway dates and pick out a gown and/or accessories that they can have for free! The only stipulation is that they're asked to pay it forward somehow by doing something nice for someone else in their community.

This year, the Cinderella Project of Maine will set up shop on Saturday, April 7th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Reny's Plaza in Belfast and on Saturday, April 14th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gardiner High School in Gardiner. Remember, you don't have to be from Waldo county to take part, but it might be a good idea to get there early so you have a larger selection to choose from.

And anyone with a new or gently used gown that they'd like to donate to the project can drop it off at any Day's Jewelers Store in the state. There are other drop-off locations listed on the project's website.

The Cinderella Project of Maine is a Belfast-based non-profit initiative of the Waldo Community Action Partners.

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