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Group helps parents in making teens' prom dreams come true

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EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) -

A recent credit card survey found the average family spends more than $1,000 on a teen's prom and, for parents on a budget, that's just not possible. But one group is helping parents and their teens' prom dreams come true.

The Esther Project is offering dressing in every color and every style to teens, and the best part is the prom dresses are free.

Samantha Lewis is on the hunt for the perfect dress for her senior prom. With a proud mom looking on, she picks out a few of her favorites and heads for the fitting room. After a couple of adjustments, she takes a look in the mirror and she's sold.

"I love it. You all going to start taking pictures?" Lewis said with a smile on her face.

Lewis is one of dozens of girls in the area benefiting from the Esther Project. It's the brainchild of Monique Block, and she convinced the ES First Church in Excelsior Springs, MO, to host the event.

"We really just want to get girls in here and tell them they are beautiful and God created them for greatness and to do great things, and a dress is a means to do that," Block said.

Block solicited area boutiques for donations. Lewis' dress would have cost about $500, something her mother just couldn't afford.

"(That) is my rent and electric payment, and of course those have to be paid," Jennifer Wilson, Lewis' mom, said.

But now, thanks to Block and all the volunteers, mom doesn't have to worry about the price tag, As for Lewis, she can't wait for the reaction she'll get when she hits the dance floor.

"What am I looking forward to? Everybody's jaw dropping," she said.

The dresses are at ES First Church, located at 1800 West U.S. Highway 69 in Excelsior Springs, MO. The group will also be giving away dresses all day Saturday.

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