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Chilliwack woman helps less fortunate girls get dolled up for prom

Nails, hair and makeup are all part of the plan for Meyers
Nails, hair and makeup are all part of the plan for Meyers' volunteer prom prep day for teens in need.
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With prom just around the corner, Amanda Meyer thinks every graduating girl deserves to feel like a princess—even if they can’t afford to.

Meyer has rallied friends and community members together to give the grads of 2014 the prom send-off they deserve, donating time and materials in order do the hair, makeup and nails of graduating girls who can’t afford to go to a salon.

“Every girl deserves to feel beautiful on her prom day,” she says.

Meyer estimates getting dolled up for prom easily stretches into the $100-and-up range when everything stacks together.

But with a little help from the community, she estimates she’ll be able to offer the service to about 20 girls for free.

“I’m hoping I’ll have enough help that I won’t have to turn anyone away if they really need it,” Meyer says.

And help has been pouring in from all sides. Meyer originally posted online looking for make-up donations and was floored by the support she received.

“I kept getting messages from people all over asking if they could come and give me a hand,” she says. “They want to come and watch everything, and help out however they can—there’s been a lot of support from the community.”

Meyer will handle the makeup and have another volunteer on hand to help with the manicures. Other women have volunteered time to style hair and give facials. Another friend—a professional caterer—will supply the grads and prep team with food for the day.

Everything is coming together, and the only piece yet to fall into place is the grads.

Meyer has been in touch with the schools, but is running into trouble; the strike action, she says, has made it more difficult than ever to get in touch with already-busy teachers.

“I called a couple of months ago and they told me they’d pass me on to the prom committee, and I haven’t heard anything from anybody,” she says. “I keep trying to call and nobody will give me too much information.”

The team will be passing out flyers in the next week or so, and Meyer hopes to get a few recommendations from the Ann Davis Transition Society, but otherwise hopes that grads or parents will get in touch.

“I remember my prom day—how beautiful I felt,” she recalls. “I could afford to go to the salon, and I got my hair and my makeup done, and I felt like the most beautiful girl ever.

“It hurts me to know that some people can’t afford to do that.”

• Any grad interested in attending the prep day on Thursday, June 26 can give Meyer a call at 604-378-9687 or contact her on Facebook. She’ll schedule girls in on a first-come, first-served basis, but also invites grads to drop by on the day if they find themselves in a pinch. Meyer says they’ll do their best to help everyone, and will be in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on School St. from 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m., accessible by the back entrance. She’s also looking for a volunteer hairdresser to help out for the day.

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