The sheriff's staff gave out the dresses (Lanier Sheriff photo)
WAAC's Be Be (WAAC photo)
Sheriff Norton (Sheriff's photo)
LAKELAND, GA (WALB) -
Three dozen prom dresses were given away to girls who didn’t already have a prom dress, Monday at the Lanier Co. Sheriff’s Office in Lakeland.
Sheriff Nick Norton said "Operation Head over Heels" was a huge success, especially for the first time, and they look forward to doing this again next year.
Valdosta radio station WAAC, dee-jay Be-Be, and owner Kells Rivers came up with the idea, and they asked listeners for help on the project all year.
"Operations Head Over Heels annual Prom Dress Drive is from the heart, hoping to make that dream prom possible for every young lady," said Be Be, pronounced Bay-Bay.
"I close my midday radio show everyday with 'Never ever be an echo, be a voice. Stand for something or fall for anything, and remember in life, nothing is ever impossible!' " she said.
People donated dresses, most new with tags attached, and WAAC collected and stored them for distribution on Monday.
The dresses were sorted by size, and girls picked a dress that fit, and that they liked, with the help of sheriff’s office staff.
“It was a great turnout, and many dresses were given away to parents and students for the upcoming prom. Most dresses still had the price tags in them and ranged in price from $300.00 to $1,000 all FREE,” said Norton.