By Morgan Bryce
In the days after two tornadoes ripped through portions of Beauregard and Smiths Station, Opelika resident Amanda Lux thought about the students whose prom dresses might have been lost in the storms.
“One of my first thoughts afterward was ‘what are these girls going to do?’ This is such a milestone event in their lives and they’re possibly not even going to go or settle for a dress that was used or they weren’t in love with,” Lux said.
Reaching out to representatives of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress program via email, Lux requested them to set up a pop-up store in the area for girls to select brand-new dresses for their respective proms.
Because of timing issues and the inability to push back both school’s proms, TLC representatives told Lux they would ship dresses directly to Beauregard High School.
Arriving last Wednesday, Lux said she was in shock as she absorbed the generosity of their donation.
“They sent a ton of dresses … there were four huge boxes with five to seven dresses per size with size options ranging from zero to 26. They are name brand, very high-end dresses,” Lux said.
On Thursday afternoon, Lux delivered a number of dresses for girls at Smiths Station High School.
With Beauregard and Smiths Station holding their proms on Friday and Saturday, respectively, Lux said she hoped the dresses helped add to the specialness of the occasion.
“It was a horrible thing that happened to our area, and these girls deserved a good night to enjoy their nice dresses and feel wonderful. I hope that it made them feel beautiful and special,” Lux said.