COLUMBIA, S.C. — Have you ever wanted to play fairy godmother, to just wave a wand and make someone's dreams come true?  Well, now's your chance. 

This year, the SC Bar Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter are holding the annual Cinderella Project.

The Cinderella Project provides free, gently-worn prom dresses for students who lack the resources to buy a gown for their high school prom. You can be a fairy godmother by donating clean dresses in all sizes, evening bags, jewelry, shoes and other accessories. 

More than 14,000 donated dresses have been given to students in need thanks to the Cinderella Project, which is now in its 18th year.  

“This project gives us a unique opportunity to increase students’ confidence by providing them a beautiful dress and shoes free of charge,” said Erica Lybrand, YLD’s Cinderella Project Committee Chair. “I love seeing the relief of parents who no longer need to worry about the financial burden of the prom experience.” 

Donate at any of the following locations by February 27: 

·         Alpha Chi Omega Sorority House, 515 Gadsden St., Columbia

·         Chappell, Smith and Arden, 2801 Devine St., Columbia

·         Gallivan White & Boyd, P.A., 1201 Main St., Ste. 1200, Columbia

·         LawyerLisa, 3202 Fernandina Rd., Columbia and 5175 Sunset                    Blvd.,   Lexington

·         Mission Lexington, 216 Harmon St., Lexington

·         Richardson Plowden, 1900 Barnwell St., Columbia

·         South Carolina Bar Conference Center, 1501 Park St., Columbia

·         South State Bank, 5109 Sunset Blvd., Lexington, 520 Gervais St.,             Columbia and 4132 Forest Drive, Columbia

·         Turner Padget, 1901 Main St., Columbia

·         Own the Nigh Formal, 120 Sparkleberry Crossing Rd., Ste. 3,                      Columbia

·         Rogers Townsend & Thomas, PC, 1221 Main St., 14th floor,                         Columbia

·         Ernie Yarborough Insurance Agency, 1034 Briargate Circle,                         Columbia

·         Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce, 302 Columbia Ave., Chapin

·         Oswald & Burnside, LLC, 1031 Center St., West Columbia

·         WLTX, 6027 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia 

The Cinderella Project boutique will be at Brookland Baptist Church on March 2. Students can shop for a free gown with a personal stylist from 8 to 11 a.m. Shoppers must bring their student IDs.

“Prom is usually one of the most memorable times for high school students, and it is truly a blessing to make these memories extra special,” said Lybrand.