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Ministry needs gowns, suits for special prom

A south Georgia Church is rolling out the red carpet for people with special needs. A south Georgia Church is rolling out the red carpet for people with special needs.
Chris Newton Chris Newton
The ministry needs more gowns and suits donated for the event. The ministry needs more gowns and suits donated for the event.
Nettie Hatcher Nettie Hatcher
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

A south Georgia Church is rolling out the red carpet for people with special needs, and asking for help to make a special event happen.

Last year, Heritage Church's Breathe Ministry was the only church in Georgia chosen by the Tim Tebow Foundation for a Night to Shine event.

Because of conflicting schedules, the ministry decided to host their own dance.

Now, they're hoping people can help them prepare.

Sequins, jewels, and plenty of ruffles take over clothes racks at the church's Breathe Ministry building.

Each gown and suit is ready to be worn at one special dance.

"We're doing our own event called 'The Great Dance.' Our church really loves people with special needs and we try to support the families. We want them to know how special they are," said Special Needs Pastor Nettie Hatcher.

With plans to have paparazzi and a red carpet for the prom goers and their families, it's hard not to look forward to the event.

"I love it," said Breathe Ministry member Chris Newton. "I love the dancing and seeing all those folks and mingling with them."

But the ministry needs the community's help to donate to their current racks of dresses.

They are looking for old bridesmaids dresses, or old suits and tuxes. Anyone can donate and drop them off at Heritage Church on Highway 33 South.

Every prom participant will pick out one gown or suits to wear to the dance.

"They can pick any gown they want. And they get to keep it.  It's theirs to keep when the event is over," said Hatcher.

Some girls are already showing off their beautiful gowns for the March 18th event.

Participants not only get the royal treatment before, including getting their hair done, and shoes shined, but they are also partnered with a date for the dance.

"Man, when you have a date, that's really special. I really love the prom because I never had one," said Newton.

People can visit www.heritagelife.org/breathe to learn more about the event.

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