2009-2010 Commentary — 19 March 2010

Annie Saechao

Princess Project makes dreams real for over three thousand girls every spring. Princess Project gives away free prom dresses for girls in the East Bay, San Francisco, and other locations.

“It was very nice,” said Jaeda O’Neal, a senior at Oakland High School. O’Neal went to Princess Project last Spring before her junior prom, and found a great dress. It was in good condition and she had lots of fun. O’Neal said, “Volunteers were very helpful, and there were a variety of very nice dresses.”

To get a free dress from Princess Project, students do not have to show proof of financial need. Girls who come to Princess Project only have to show a valid high school ID or a high school transcript and a photo ID.

Once students have done that, the volunteers give an appointment time that same day. At the appointment, the volunteers will take students away to try on dresses.

Dresses come in all sizes. Once the girls find one, they get to walk out with not only a free dress, but also with accessories given at the exit.

Princess Project suggests that interested students begin to line up for the giveaways at 7 a.m., but no earlier.

Princess Project may sound like it might have a catch, sounding too good to be true. However, it is totally true. Girls who are looking for dresses should go find a dress they will enjoy their time in.

Volunteers at Princess Project are very helpful. The volunteers are there to help you and will be happy to help. Go find a dress so you can dance the night away.

“I like it when the girls come in the door with a big smile,” said volunteer Donna Lee, observing that many have “an even bigger one when they leave.”

This year’s East Bay giveaways took place on March 6 and 13 in downtown Oakland. The San Francisco giveaways will take place on March 20 and 27 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 901 Market Street.

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