Operation Glass Slipper Helps Teens Attend Prom


YOU WENT TO PROM, KIM? I DID. TWICE. TWO DIFFERENT GUYS. WHOA. SAME NIGHT? NO. A LOT OF HIGH SCHOOLERS GO TO PROM. THE PRICE TO GO UP — THE PRICE CAN GO UP REALLY QUICKLY. ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN WHO WANT TO WEAR A DRESS. AN EVENT THIS WEEKEND CAN HELP. KYLIE BEARSE JOINS US LIVE WITH MORE. THIS IS SO MUCH FUN THIS MORNING. WE’RE GETTING INTO THE PROM SPIRIT. LOOK AT ALL OF OUR BEAUTIFUL MODELS WE HAVE. THEY ARE MODELING SOME OF THE DRESSES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO GIRLS FOR FREE TO GO TO PROM. I AM HERE WITH PAM WHO STARTED OPERATION GLASS SLIPPER. GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING. TELL ME ABOUT HOW THIS WORKS. IT’S FOR GIRLS WHO OTHERWISE COULDN’T AFFORD MABEL TO GET THE DRESS, THE SHOES. ANY GIRL IN NEED CAN GO TO HER TEACHER OR COUNSELOR AND THEY SHOULD HAVE THE FORM. THE GIRL SIGNS THE FORM, THE TEACHER SIGNS THE FORM, A PARENT OR GUARDIAN SIGNS THE FORM. SHE SIGNS UP ONLINE FOR AN APPOINTMENT THIS SATURDAY OR SUNDAY ONLY AND THEN SHE COMES AND SHE’S MATCHED WITH A FAIRY GOD MOTHER ONE OWN ONE AND THEY TAKE HER THROUGH THE WHOLE CIRCUIT. SHE GETS A DRESS AND SHOES AND A PURSE AND JEWELRY. THEN ALTERATIONS. IT’S AMAZING. AND SHE’S ALL SET L WE’LL DELIVER IT TO THE SCHOOL. WOW. WHEN YOU HEAR ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS, YOU’RE THINKING MAYBE THESE ARE GENTLY USED. THESE ARE STUNNING DRESSES. I’M WEARING ONE OF THE JEWELS RIGHT NOW. THE SHOES ARE ALL BRAND NEW. HOW DO YOU MAKE THIS HAPPEN? WE DO DRESS SALES DURING THE YEAR. THE DRESSES THAT AREN’T PROM GET SOLD FOR $5 A PIECE. BUT THAT $5 TURNS INTO A PAIR OF SHOES. THEY’RE ALMOST ALL THE BRIDAL SHOPS AND PROM SHOPS IN MINNESOTA DONATE. SO AT THE END OF THE SEASON THEY GIVE US A TON OF WHAT’S LEFT. SO THEY’RE NEW. WE HAVE CORPORATIONS THAT DONATE. IT’S REALLY COOL THAT — I’D SAY ABOUT 75% OF THE DRESSES ARE NEW. I WASH AND REBEAD THE REST OF THEM. YOUR DAUGHTER EMILY HERE WITH US THIS MORNING. YOU STARTED WHEN YOU WERE 16 YEARS OLD. TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT THE TRANSITION HAS BEEN LIKE FROM 11 YEARS AGO TO NOW. IT HAS BEEN REALLY AMAZING. THE NUMBER OF GIRLS WE’VE OUTFITTED HAS PROBABLY QUADRUPLED AT THIS POINT. IT’S REALLY AMAZING TO SEE ALL OF THIS COME TOGETHER. IT’S BECOME WAY MORE PROFESSION ALIGHTED. I GUESS MORE MATURE OVER THE YEARS. IT’S REALLY LIKE A WELL RUN MACHINE AT THIS POINT. WHAT’S IT LIKE WHEN YOU GET TO SEE THAT GIRL PICK OUT THE PERFECT PROM DRESS, THE PERFECT PAIR OF SHOES? IT’S AMAZING. YOU SEE HER EYES SPARKLE AND SHE FEELS BEAUTIFUL AND YOU CAN TELL THAT. IT’S JUST AWESOME TO SEE THEM WALK OUT WITH SUCH CONFIDENCE. ABSOLUTELY. EMILY, PAM, ALL OF OUR BEAUTIFUL MODELS. THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US THIS MORNING. SO AGAIN, ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS GO AND TALK TO YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR. WE PUT ALL THE INFORMATION AT WCCO.COM/LINKS. THERE’S A FEW DAYS LEFT TO GET ON BOARD AND GET HERE FOR THIS WEEKEND. SO COOL. IT’S BRINGING BACK SUCH GREAT MEMORIES OF MY PROM AND WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO DRY ON THAT DRESS FOR THE FIRST TIME. GOOD REMIND FOR YOU HAVE A PROM DRESS AT HOME AFTER YOU’RE DONE USING IT, ALWAYS GOOD TO WELL THIS WEEKEND MORE THAN A THOUSAND HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS WILL GET THE PROM DRESS OF THEIR DREAMS. PART OF OPERATION GLASS SLIPPER. OUR KYLIE BEARSE IS LIVE IN EDINA. THIS NONPROFIT HAS BEEN DOING THIS FOR 11 YEARS. JUST FANTASTIC. Reporter: YEAH, DON’T YOU JUST LOVE WHAT THEY DO? WHEN THE GIRL COMES IN HERE THEY GET EVERYTHING. I’M JUST BLOWN AWAY. WE ACTUALLY HAVE A FEW BEAUTIFUL MODELS THIS MORNING SHOWING OFF SOME OF THE DRESSES BECAUSE PAM, YOU ARE THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATION GLASS SLIPPER. BEEN WITH IT FOR 11 YEARS. TELL ME ABOUT HOW IT WORKS. Reporter: A GIRL WILL COME — A GIRL WILL COME IN AND SHE’S ATTACHED TO A FAIRY GOD MOTHER. IT’S A ONE ON ONE RELATIONSHIP. HER FRIENDS AND PARENTS SIT AWAY FROM, SO REALLY THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH. IT’S HER IDEA OF HER GOWN. NOBODY ELSE. AND DURING THAT HOUR AND A HALF THEY PICK A DRESS, THEY GET TWO PIECES OF JEWELRY, THEY PICK A PURSE AND SHOES AND THEN IF SHE NEEDS ALTERATIONS THEY GET ALTERATIONS. I’M BLOWN AWAY BY THE DRESSES YOU HAVE. YOU MIGHT THINK OKAY, HAND ME DOWN DRESSES BUT THESE ARE NEW AND THEY’RE STUNNING. I KNOW, THEY’RE JUST — THEY BEAT ANYTHING OUT THERE. THEY’RE FABULOUS. Reporter: THEY REALLY ARE. WHAT IS IT LIKE TO HAVE THE GIRLS COME IN HERE? THEY GET THAT PROM DRESS. MAYBE THEIR FIRST FANCY DRESS. SOMETIMES THEIR FIRST PAIR OF HIGH HEELS. IT’S REALLY EXCITING. SOMETIMES THEY DON’T KNOW HOW THEY’RE GOING TO BE TREATED. AT THE END THEY’RE BEAMING, THEY’RE EXCITED. SOMETIMES THE MOMS ARE CRYING. THE GIRLS ARE JUST EXCITED. YOU CAN TELL THEIR FACES ARE LIT AND THEY’LL BE PETTING THE DRESS AND IT’S REALLY A GREAT FEELING. THAT’S WHAT WE ALL WORK FOR. Reporter: SO FOR THE GIRLS INTERESTED YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF DAYS LEFT BECAUSE THE BEHIND IS THIS EVENT WEEKEND. Reporter: YOU — YOU CAN GO ONLINE TO US AND IT’LL EXPLAIN THE PROCESS. COME SUNDAY WITH YOUR SCHOOL I.D., JUNIOR OR SENIOR AND A PARENT OR GUARDIAN. YOU CAN STILL COME EVEN IF YOU HAVEN’T TALKED TO ANYONE. YOUR DAUGHTER IS HERE. EMILY, THIS GOT STARTED WHEN YOU WERE 16 YEARS OLD. GOING THROUGH THAT PROM PHASE. WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE WHEN YOU WERE A TEENAGER HELPING OTHER TEENS? IT WAS REALLY FUN. IT’S SUCH A FUN EXPERIENCE TO BE ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE FIND WHAT THEY LOVE AND WHAT MAKES THEM FEEL REALLY GREAT. IT WAS NICE TO SORT OF BE THEIR SAME AGE AND GO THROUGH THAT SHOPPING EXPERIENCE TOGETHER. I IMAGINE IT’S GOT TO LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN IT DID 11 YEARS AGO. IT’S GROWN SO TREMENDOUSLY. THE NUMBER OF GIRLS OUTFITTED. THE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS THAT HELP OUT. THE NUMBER AND QUALITY OF THE DRESSES HAS REALLY INCREASED. IT’S AN AMAZING PRODUCTION. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE DRESSES YOU ALL ARE WEARING, IT IS UNBELIEVABLE. I IMAGINE TOO IT’S GOT TO BE REALLY REWARDING FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO SEE A GIRL WALK HOME WITH A DRESS, HEELS, EVERYTHING THEY NEED FOR PROM. ABSOLUTELY. SO MUCH WORK GOES INTO MAKING THAT HAPPEN AND SO SEEING HOW EXCITED THEY ARE AND HOW HAPPY ALL THE VOLUNTEERS ARE IS REALLY REWARDING. IF YOU COME DOWN HERE, IT’S UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU’VE SEEN BEFORE. THERE’S ROWS AND ROWS OF DRESSES. THERE’S A WALL FOR HANDBAGS. THE SHOES. DID YOU SEE MY SHOES EARLIER? THESE ARE UNBELIEVABLE. SO MUCH FUN. THIS IS ALL FREE FOR THE GIRLS WHO MAY NOT OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO AFFORD IT BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW EXPENSIVE PROM CAN BE. YOU THINK ABOUT ADDING ALL OF THOSE EXPENSES UP. IT CAN BE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS. OH YEAH. IF YOU’RE SHOPPING CONSERVATIVELY YOU’RE SPENDING $200. AND YOU WANT EVERYBODY TO HAVE THAT CHANCE FOR THAT MEMORY. THAT’S WHAT’S REALLY SPECIAL. IT’S ONE OF THE BEST

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