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Nelson’s Cinderella Story

nelson cinderella corsages Fifteen-year-old girls should be thinking about homecoming dances, first dates, prom, and what they’ll wear on all such milestone occasions. But for the teenage girls residing at the Nelson Children’s Center in Denton, these dreams are cut short or obliterated, as they deal with the emotional trauma of abuse and abandonment.

On Friday, May 27th, six Nelson Center girls were able to have their “Cinderella moments,” as 20 volunteers came with a selection of dresses, make-up, jewelry, hair products, nail polish, shoes, and corsages (from Holly’s Gardens and Florist in Denton), to prepare the girls for a special night to remember. Karen Delaney and Apricot Lane Boutique in Highland Village brought the “bling” – shimmering bracelet and ring sets that perfectly matched the girls’ outfits.

After the volunteers helped them all get ready and beautified, the girls stepped into a Hummer stretch limo provided at a special rate by Metropolitan Limo service, and dined at Olive Garden, where Claudia Aviles and her team dished out incredible service and a Nelson cinderella olive gardendelicious menu.

 Nelson cinderella limo

After dinner they attended a performance of the Dallas Symphony Nelson orchestraOrchestra, and discovered the magic of classical music. Jazzella McKeel photographycaptured the evening’s lasting memories.

Happy tears were shed and the girls said they felt pretty, elegant, and special for the very first time. This unforgettable experience was made possible by friends (or should we call them Fairy Godmothers and Godfathers?) of the Nelson Center, whose donations funded the event and whose volunteer efforts made the girls’ dreams, at least for one night, come true.

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