Project Cinderella provides foster youth in the Tyler-area with new or gently used formal attire, as well as professional hair and makeup sessions for the ladies.
Donate gently-used dresses, shoes, jewelry, and tuxedos, or make a monetary contribution so a student can shop for their own prom attire!
How can I donate?
Drop off a donation at one of these locations:
- BCFS Health and Human Services Transition Center
1012 Meadow Lane in Tyler, Texas
- Texas Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS)
302 E. Reich Road in Tyler, Texas
- BCFS Headquarters
1506 Bexar Crossing in San Antonio, Texas
Donate online – Your monetary contribution will help a youth shop for their own attire. A gift of just $25 will cover a tuxedo rental for a young man
Meet the youth whose lives you’re changing
Francine and Shelby, two young women from foster care, reminisce fondly about the days leading up to prom last year, and how Project Cinderella gave them an unforgettable experience. When they came to pick out their prom dresses from BCFS Health and Human Services, the girls moved excitedly through the garment racks, running their hands across all the glittery ball gowns and elegant dresses, searching for the perfect one.
“I can choose any dress?” asked Shelby. “This is so amazing and fantastic – and fun! I love BCFS!” Francine, too, was ecstatic about her prom look. “I didn’t think I could look this beautiful for a prom I didn’t think I was going to have,” she said.
In Tyler, most youth in foster care (like Francine and Shelby) are in nontraditional environments like group homes, charter schools, or GED programs where prom isn’t typically on the agenda. So every spring, BCFS hosts a prom for youth from foster care, in partnership with DFPS, so these young men and women don’t miss out on the “exciting, coming-of-age, American tradition of prom,” according to BCFS Director Carla McCalope.
“Project Cinderella and the prom event make a significant impact on the way our youth feel about themselves,” says McCalope. “Most of them have experienced abuse or neglect in the past, so we take every opportunity to show them they are loved, and boost their self-confidence. The community has stepped in to help our youth the past four years, and we hope this will be our biggest year yet!”
About BCFS in Tyler:
BCFS Health and Human Services helps Tyler youth from the foster care system, as well as other young adults facing homelessness, poverty, and other challenges. The center is a “one-stop shop” that provides counseling, case management, and assistance with education, employment, housing location and medical care.