Getting a little closer

Where do the days go?  We are just weeks away from our Operation Prom Girl Event on March 28, 2015.  To say we are 100% ready would be a far stretch from the truth.  Each day brings a whole host of new challenges and many rewards.  We are just so thankful we have an army of volunteers.

Our biggest needs are dress racks to hang all of the beautiful prom dresses that have been donated.  Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that so many dresses would come in.  Neither of us should be surprised, earlier this year we kept feeling God was telling us to “Dream Big”, and that feeling has been confirmed by many of the wonderful folks we have recently met.

Our second biggest need is donation of items for our girls goodie bags, or gift cards for Dollar Tree and 99 cent store so we can purchase the items.  Gift cards in denominations of $10 or $20 would be awesome!!!

These two items are our primary focus right now.  We have a list of other needs and are very hopeful as we get closer to the event those items will come in.

As we end this week we are feeling grateful for all that God has accomplished – we have made contact with several high schools in the area as well as local service type organizations to ensure all of the girls with needs out there are identified. We are gearing up for our volunteer meeting the first week of March 2015, where we will finalize our plan for the March 28th event.  We are over the top excited with all of the dress donations that have come in, so much that we need that extra dress rack.

We have a couple of things on our “to do” list for today.  One last look at the VFW room in Wildomar for decorating purposes, phone calls to local businesses for donations, and maybe a little bit of enjoying the warm sunny California sunshine!

Thank you all for sharing and caring – please continue to tell your family and friends about Operation Prom Girl

Until next week

Dawn & Linda

Busy Week

Last week was a busy one for us, and we could not do this without all of you, so a big heartfelt “Thank You” to all of you.

Last Wednesday we attended a Community Collaborative meeting at Ortega High School.  We were able to connect with several organizations and agencies that provide resources to our community.  We look forward to partnering with these folks and having a very successful Operation Prom Girl.

We are working on obtaining the names of the girls that will participate in our March 28th event.  The emails are coming in and the girls are being enrolled into OPG 2015.  We are working to expand our reach to Menifee and Hemet,  We will keep you posted!

Dresses and shoes are coming in and we are so excited. We recently received a box of dresses from Northern California! Wow or wow our reach is going further and further!  Thank you all so much for the dresses and shoes!

Local businesses are coming forward in support of OPG.  Wonder Nails in Wildomar, has allowed us to put a donation box and flyer at the salon and will also give us a gift certificate for the event.  If you need your nails done pay them a visit and give a shout out to OPG!

We continue to hear a soft voice telling us “ask and you shall receive” last week we put a post out there for hangers and we received several hangers that same day.  To some that may be a small thing, to us it was HUGE!  With all the dresses coming in we ran out of hangers AND places to put the dresses.

Our immediate needs are:  gift cards from Costco to purchase sandwiches, gift cards from Walmart/Hobby Lobby to purchase decorations to transform the room, gift cards from dollar tree or 99 cent stores to purchase items for the goodie bags, homemade desserts for the March 28th event, clothes racks to hang the dresses.

You will never stop hearing “thank you” from us as we are so very thankful for all your doing  Please continue to follow us on facebook, Like our page, share our post, and share our event with all of your friends.

With Love,

Dawn and Linda

Thank you Community for your Support

Words cannot even begin to express the heartfelt gratitude we experienced Monday evening as 10 women joined us in preparation for our Operation Prom Girl (OPG 2015) event on March 28, 2015.  These ladies are giving their time, talents and resources to help us with OPG 2015.  We often hear that saying about taking a village to raise a child, with our volunteers we are contributing to the life of young girls in the Inland Empire.  Our volunteers are ready not just for our event on March 28th but beyond that date.  We are not just giving a girl a prom dress, we are going to connect with her and with other resources in our community to provide assistance in many areas.  Stay tuned as we progress with our journey!

Living Behind the Mask

Its not a surprise when I hear about young girls who are suffering with self esteem/self confidence, eating disorders, and issues of the like. We have become a society that places a very high value on the Hollywood Standard of Beauty. We never even pause to ask ourselves if this standard is even attainable.

Sadly, you can wear the best makeup, clothes, hair, shoes, drive a nice car and live in a posh Southern California home and from the outside look like you have it all together and be broken on the inside. One must stop and ask “why” is it we strive for this unattainable standard?

The truth is once you love who you are from the inside the outside will follow. It’s kinda funny that it does not work the other way around. When your broken inside no amount of makeup, clothes, or money on the outside is going to fix you on the inside.

How do you learn to Love yourself from the inside? It all boils down to total acceptance with who you are, how you were created, your uniqueness, your gifts and talents. We need to spend more time focusing on these things rather than on trying to achieve a Hollywood standard of beauty that is unattainable.

That is our goal with Operation Prom Girl to lead these girls on the path of loving and valuing themselves, recognizing they were created for a special and unique purpose in life.

Operation Prom Girl – Inland Empire – California

Operation Prom Girl is looking for donors, volunteers, and local girls who need help with the expenses of attending the prom. All you need to qualify to serve with us is a willing heart!

Brought to you by the up-and-coming Willing❤️Hearts Grassroots Ministry of Wildomar, CA, Operation Prom Girl is an outreach that serves local high school girls to assist them with a ways and means to attend their once in a lifetime prom event. (Willing♥️Hearts also continues to move forth and serve the community in a number of other areas).

Operation Prom Girl, Inland Valley Empire, NEEDS DONATIONS OF DRESSES AND MUCH MORE! We will provide girls who have hardships or special circumstances, a dress, shoes, hair and makeup, and a very special day filled with inspirational fun.

This years’ theme is “Beauty Beyond the Mask” and will place emphasis on loving ourselves for who we are and positive effects we can create for our generation and our family system.

Based in Wildomar, CA, OPG will be held, respectively, at the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 1508. The date is March 28, at 2pm. This new ministry outreach depends entirely on community love and support, and is on its way to a non-profit status in the future.

For more information, please contact Dawn Schultz, founder,or Linda Harris Event Coordinator at Operationpromgirl@gmail.com.

We currently need to fill some needs that we are reaching out to ask the community to fill. The areas are:

stylish formal or party dress donations
dressy shoes in silver, black, or gold
costume jewelry/accessories
hair and makeup artists
raffle basket donations
Print materials
Much more is needed; please visit the Operation Prom Girl, Inland Valley Empire page or email us for a list of ways you can help make a girl’s dream possible!

Volunteer meeting coming up in early February.

Thank You,
Dawn Schultz
Founder, Operation Prom Girl
Willing Hearts Grassroots Ministry
Wildomar, CA

♡No girl with any need will be turned away♡

~A simple Isaiah 58:10-12 outreach~

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