Area nonprofit asks for help to accommodate large donation

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 5/31/17

The Walker County Fairy Godmothers Association will soon receive a donation that will help the nonprofit for many years to come.

The association has helped provide dresses to girls attending prom or a school dance for the …

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Area nonprofit asks for help to accommodate large donation

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The Walker County Fairy Godmothers Association will soon receive a donation that will help the nonprofit for many years to come.

The association has helped provide dresses to girls attending prom or a school dance for the past two years, and nonprofit Haley’s Closet in Cleveland, Ala., will be sending 300-600 dresses to the Walker County organization next week.

Heather Hood, manager of Walker County Fairy Godmothers Association, says their nonprofit operates under the umbrella of Haley’s Closet, founded by Denise Murphree. Hood said Haley’s Closet needed to make room for more dresses that they provide to girls in their area, and knew the large donation would help many girls in Walker and Winston counties.

Hood said the Walker County Fairy Godmothers Association partners with the Walker County Center of Technology to store some of the dresses, but they have nowhere to store the large number that will arrive in Jasper between June 9-10.

“We are looking for somewhere in the Jasper area to store these wonderful gifts of dresses that are going to help girls for next year and the years to come to be able to go to prom and have that experience,” Hood said.

Hood said a storage unit, church classroom or other sizable space would be ideal to house the dresses so they can be easily accessed.

This past prom season, Hood said the Walker County Fairy Godmothers Association helped 20 girls receive a prom dress, free of charge, thanks to people in the community who donated dresses to the nonprofit.

“There have been so many girls that have had so many unfortunate reasons why they needed the help,” she said. “It’s wonderful to know that there are people in the community that [have helped these girls].”

Anyone who would like to reach out to Hood about a potential location to store the dresses may call (205) 544-0371.

Hood added that any young woman who needs assistance to attend prom next year should contact the Walker County Fairy Godmothers Association in January or February, to assure plenty of time to be fitted for their dream dress.