6 Days and Counting

We are just 6 days away from the 2nd Annual Operation Prom Girl event where we will give away prom dresses to high school girls in the Inland Empire who have special circumstances or hardships that would make it difficult for them to attend prom.

We spent today going over all the items on our timeline to ensure everything is in place for Saturday, identified a couple of those “oh no” items and put a plan in place to have it all completed before our event.

When we take a minute and step back we realize that God has really come through with this event. You see Dawn and I are just two regular girls who have experienced many bumps, peaks and valleys in life and now just want to give back!  We never went to our prom.  We feel so blessed that we will experience the excitement and joy with these girls as they select their dresses and are encouraged ! At times just the thought of all the joy and happiness that will be in that room is overwhelming!

Follow us for the next 5 days until the day of our event!

Sneak peak at some of the decorations

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Gerber Daisies

Hello Friends we are just 11 days away from our annual Operation Prom Girl event at the VFW Hall in Wildomar, Ca. So why do we title this blog Gerber Daisies? Well, you see, our goal is to transform the VFW Hall into a room fit for a princess.  In order to do that we need Gerber Daisies!  If you are able to donate 1 dozen light pink gerber daisies to us please sign up by following this link below!  Thank you so much we would never be able to put on this event without all of the wonderful donors like you!

 

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What is Faith

What Is Faith? I will tell you what faith is. Faith is taking a chance and stepping into an unknown result. Trusting God has my back because I surely am not back there, I can’t do life alone, and other humans can’t rescue me forever. Right? THE ONLY OBSTACLE TO FAITH IS ME!! (If I decide to pedal backwards, go sideways, or not continue the March Forward. March).

If I do the footwork in my life, the mere act of footwork alone is faith- BUT TO TRUST ITS GOING TO WORK OUT WHILE I’M DOING THE FOOTWORK IS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️FIVE STAR FAITH. Haha. Sink or swim ring a bell?

And it’s not easy. It’s all about conditioning. Like a physical body needs conditioning before competing in an IronMan event, the spiritual side of us needs conditioning too! We get back what we put into anything in life.

Here’s some examples: ~A junkie puts a needle in his arm and ends up homeless and helpless on the street. He has kids out there somewhere, but he has no idea how many, or where they are. His heart is still beating for now but inside he is already dead.

~A girl takes a hit of a meth pipe and is hooked for life. She is now 25 and looks like she is 50. She is missing her teeth. Her kids were always hungry when she wasn’t, sometimes resorting to eating raw macaroni and cheese while mom was in the other room getting high. Her kids are now in jail and foster care. Both have been sexually abused.

~a girl who was bullied in school because she didn’t fit the “Hollywood Standard” (an unrealistic lie that we will begin believing if we are not careful and don’t know the Truth). She wants to end it all but then suddenly gets some referrals, resources, and begins to learn to cut those roots of shame at the high school ministry at a local church . She finds a new set of surroundings and is lifted back up again. She is now helping suicidal men and women in an outreach she founded, and has many supporters who are well known celebrity faces who had also been secretly suicidal or feeling worthless at one time. She raises a family in a healthy manner and passes no guilt or shame onto her kids. Happily married for over 10 years to a man who supported her through tragedies and triumphs she continues her journey with her testimony and her desire to move forward to make a difference in her life and others.

And it’s a life-long journey. We never stop learning. We fall. We get back up. No shame no guilt. You know why? When shame and guilt take root, it’s the beginning of the “I’m not good enough and I will never amount to anything” lie. It’s an EVIL root. Most of us have experienced or are currently experiencing what it feels like to live with these roots. And many of us don’t know it. But that’s ok. Gotta start somewhere!

It takes awhile to trust that everything is working for our good and that we can trust. I mean, after all, some of us couldn’t trust the very people who were suppose to love us. So how can we have this “faith”?

You cannot physically see faith. Don’t beat yourself up though. It takes plenty of time to develop spiritual conditioning. The more time you spend in this conditioning, the easier it will be to understand..God doesn’t hate us or beat us up when we have made mistakes. Without tests, there can be no testimony!!!

Dawn.Linda

A Voice and a Choice

A Voice and A Choice

Ya  know, I never really felt I had either. I mean, I know I had a voice. I was very loud and hyper. I often was made fun of not only from childhood, but through my adult years. It’s just the way I am. It’s me.

After over 2,500 hours of attendance in an internship to obtain a state counseling license, I learned that it was ok to just be me. And that I was loved. And I was special. And I was accepted just as I was.

When I was young, I played basketball in my light yellow or my white dittos and went home wearing blacktop and sweat. I was a bit of a tomboy. People laughed at my laugh.

I was told that I might amount to something if only I could quit being so excited about life.

What most people didn’t know is that I came from a family who may or may not be like yours. There was a lot of dysfunction present. I tried to be loved by anyone I came across that would accept me and love me.

I remember becoming friends with many older people. I people pleased. I was whoever you wanted me to be, to be accepted and loved. I wanted to prove to anyone and everyone that I wasn’t a bad little girl and good for nothing, as these messages had been instilled in me as a young girl.

I remember, after many years of working on my own unhealthy roots that would hold me back if I failed to fight and work hard to put a spiritual  “Round-Up” on them, I was asked some simple questions.

A. What is your favorite color

B. What do you like to do for fun.

C. Describe yourself

I was stumped. I had lived so many decades trying to look good and please everybody else, that all I really knew was that I was a makeup artist named Dawn. I didn’t really even know who I really was or what I liked. I had spent so many years trying to be what you wanted me to be.

I LEFT MYSELF BEHIND. I HAD TO FIND THAT GIRL AGAIN.

And I most certainly did! What a new epiphany to know that I was loved, worthy, and should go about my life with no guilt , and unashamed for the places and things I had been at or been involved with! I related my life to how we are if we have a mask on. We sometimes try to be that personality that satisfies everyone else. And in the process, we lose ourselves.

I will share a poem and a visual picture with you when I check back in with you!

We have so much to live. So much to give. We mustn’t give up or give in.

There are many avenues out there that are specifically set up for you to take as bait. One is called “the Hollywood Standard” Let’s talk about that in a while, ok? Xoxo

Dawn Schultz

Founder, Operation Prom Girl

Sunday a day of reflection

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Happy Sunday – as we spend time reflecting on what we did last week we also look ahead to what this week will bring.  If we allow ourselves to see something good in all that we encounter we will have a happy, successful week.  This next week will be a time of dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s.  We are anticipating our numbers will be coming in for Operation Prom Girl 2015 participants, and we definitely don’t want to miss anyone – so get your submissions in!

This is an exciting time of year for so many, yet it can also be a sad time.  We know there are girls out there that are in need of a prom dress or maybe just a little smile and encouragement from someone.  If you run across a girl like this will you be the one that will put a smile on her face?  You see it does not cost anything except your time.  Are you willing to take a few minutes from your day to help make someone else’s day?  Are you willing to offer that encouragement?

Operation Prom Girl is all about that encouragement – its all about taking that extra minute from our day to share a little sunshine with someone that needs it!  We believe we need to meet people right where they are.  We are all about taking the extra we have been given and giving it to someone else. We know our community shares this same belief which is evident by all the dresses that have been donated!

As you take time today to reflect back on your week and look forward to next week take a moment to think about spreading some of your sunshine with someone that needs it.

In closing, if you know a high school girl in need of a prom dress send her our way, our event is on March 28th and everything we give out is free!

Happy Sunday

Dawn and Linda

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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