Every girl wants the chance to feel like a princess, even it is only for one night.

Girls in foster care are not any different, and most won’t ask their foster parents for the money needed to get their special dress and needed accessories.

However, for the eighth year in a row, Child Protective Services is collecting “trendy in-style” prom attire through the end of February. They are not only looking for  prom dresses, but also jewelry and shoes to complete a young girl’s night to remember. CPS would also like donations of new make-up, evening bags and gift cards. Monetary donations are also accepted to help with the costs of putting on the prom night.

Not only will the donation make a girl’s dream come true, but will give someone the chance to make room in their  closet by getting rid of their gently used dress.

Each year about 50 girls arrive to pick out their dresses  along the racks of dresses. With their new dress picked out, they find the “bling” needed to make the look complete. The girls are treated to a day of pampering while the boys also have a day of fun. At the end of the day, all are ready for their special night which is for all the high school age foster children to attend. Like proms at local high schools, a king and queen is crowned. There are plenty of smiles and laughter mingled in with the music as they dance.

According to Shari Puliam, public information officer with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services,  the girls are transformed during the night out celebration and their attitude becomes one of gratitude.

Once the party is over, the girls take home their new attire so they can use it at the prom where they attend high school.

Donations can be made at the local CPS office located at  2220 Gloria Drive. For more information, call 409-951-3351.

After picking out a dress and being pampered, girls in foster care prepare for their prom night. Child Protective Services is collecting prom dresses to help make their night a memorable one.