MAKING A DIFFERENCE:Volunteers organize "Say Yes to the Dress"

Volunteers organize "Say Yes to the Dress" for Night to Shine prom participants. The Night to Shine event is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Posted: Jan. 12, 2018 7:46 PM
Updated: Jan. 12, 2018 9:44 PM

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) -- You may have seen the show "Say Yes to the Dress" where a bride-to-be finds the perfect dress for her wedding day.

One local church is creating this once in a lifetime experience for those with special needs for an upcoming prom.

To make the Night to Shine event even more magical for participants, volunteers provide a Cinderella experience.

Prom dresses are actually donated.

Volunteers cheer for participants as they model their choices.

And Carol Byrd donates her time in altering dresses if needed.

Jessica Jordan is also one of the volunteers.

"It gives each participant a chance to feel beautiful because they are all beautiful," Jordan said.

Volunteers choose several dresses for participants to try on.

The best part, they say, is seeing the smiles when the participants look in the mirror for the first time — all to find the perfect dress.

Jana Brooks falls in love with her prom dress.

"Are you saying yes to the dress?" Byrd asks.

"I am," Brooks said.

This will also be Tabitha Roberson's fourth year to attend the prom.

"It's been a real blessing to us because she gets to do something she would never get to do," her mother Anna Roberson said.

The Night to Shine Prom is more than an event.

It's about seeing the joy on the faces of the teens and the adults with special needs.

Each participant will be crowned prom king and prom queen.

Anna Roberson is moved to tears.

"They greet them, give them a corsage, and it just really makes them feel special for a night. And I thank Tim Tebow so much because I see what it not just does for my daughter, but there's so many others it affects."

Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, 540 churches around the world will host a prom on February 9.

About 500 volunteers are needed to make this event a success.

If you're interested in volunteering, you can register at hillcrestministries.com.

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