One local merchant made this year’s prom a little more affordable for the students that attended the high school prom.
For Myself Florist owner, Kim Higdon was met with disbelief, as well as a few tears and hugs when she told her clients there were no charges for their prom flowers.
She and a few friends prepared over 60 prom corsages and boutonnieres, working well into the wee hours of Saturday Morning.
With most of the flowers fresh there was little she could do until the day before and prom day, which was Saturday, May 11. So all the work had to be done that day.
“This is a special day for the kids. For some of these kids it is the first time many of them will dress-up and it is so expensive just to go to prom. I wanted to help make this special day little easier for them,” said Higdon. “I did not do this because I have a lot of money or because I wanted any recognition. I did it simply because I love the kids. Trust me, I got more out of it than they did.”
Higdon said she felt it was unfair that prom has gotten so expensive and the flowers cost so much and decided she wanted to do something to help students and parents out.
“I had a lot of people cry when they picked up the flowers and got no bill. They were so appreciative,” she said. “I didn’t have one single complaint.”
Higdon would like to thank her customers “for how grateful they were” and also Debbie Stephens, who stayed up all night to help her prepare the prom floral arrangements.
Madison Square Boutique owner Anne Gonzalez, who owns one of the three businesses in with Higdon’s floral shop said, “She was here until 5 a.m. [on Saturday] working on prom flowers and put love into each set of flowers she prepared.”
Higdon said several prom attendees visited the shop on the way to prom to show “their Aunt Kim” how they were dressed for prom.
“That’s why I did it! For the kids,” she said. “I work with some of the sweetest kids.”
When asked if she would do this again next year, Higdon said, “If I am still be in business next year, I will try to do it again.”
For Myself Florist is located at 202 West White Oak Street in Leitchfield.