Giving Hearts makes prom possible

By Theresa Armstrong -

Prom is a magical day in a high schooler’s life, but, for many, the cost alone makes it impossible to attend.

One program, Giving Hearts, made it possible for 14 girls to add this magical night to their memories forever.

Four years ago, after winning the Mrs. Edmonson County Crown, Jennifer Russel dreamed of making a difference in the lives of young girls in Grayson County.

Through that dream, a plan was formed, and Russell put together the Giving Hearts program, which provides everything teens need to attend prom.

Every year around spring break, Russell begins the routine of gathering gowns and people to provide the necessary items for prom.

From collecting dresses, to finding people to do hair and make-up, to getting gift certificates for the dinner before prom, Russell collects it all.

“I started this because I knew what it was like to be the odd man out,” said Russell. “We never had extra money do things like prom. This program helps girls enjoy that magical night.”

Russell has provided the prom experience for over 60 girls over the past four years.

By Theresa Armstrong

Reach Theresa Armstrong at 270-259-9622, ext. 2011.

Reach Theresa Armstrong at 270-259-9622, ext. 2011.

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