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Let the Joy Begin

It has started, and this year it is already so much more. More joy. More dresses. More excitement. Joy Prom is now just a few days away.

For months, GFC has offered dresses and tuxes at no cost for the honored guests. So, on a joyful Tuesday evening a few weeks ago, Savannah and I met up with Ms. B and Ms D. Ms. B is the large-hearted woman who coordinates not only Joy Prom but the special needs ministry at our church, and Ms. D is Savannah’s personal angel who makes personalized lessons every Sunday just for Savannah to learn the greatness of God. They are our blessings.

We arrived at the church for Savannah’s personal fitting. Like some upscale store catering to a movie star, dresses were brought in and shoes were laid out and accessories were bountiful and pop-tarts and VeggieTales were there on demand.

For over an hour, Savannah was Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly, Betty Davis. She tried on purple dresses, black dresses, pink dresses of one shade and then another. Dresses with sequences. Dresses with layers. Dresses with many colors. The child with sensory issues wore bracelets and rings. Eventually, she settled on an off-red, one-strapped dress with flowing scarf, accented by silver sparkly three-inch heels. Her first pair of heels. She chose, out of all of the shoes showered at her feet, her first pair of heels. I took my little girl to try on dresses and an hour later left with a beautiful, excited young lady.

Savannah left that evening with a new dress, a purse, jewelry, and of course shoes. More importantly, she left happy, confident, and feeling both beautiful and loved.

And now, only 4 days before the prom: let the Joy begin.

Elizabeth Hunter

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