Local store closes doors, owner opens heart

My Dreams Do Come True donated 500 dresses to Prom in the City. (Photo credit: Jesse Gonzales)

A local store is closing its doors, but that's not stopping the owners from opening their hearts.

For the past six years, the store "My Dreams Do Come True" in Burton has been doing just that... making dreams come true for thousands of girls in mid-Michigan.

The store gives girls homecoming and prom dresses free of charge.

"It makes them feel like Cinderella, I guess," store co-director Victoria Griggs said. "A full five years of me contributing hours and my time and even my own money to make sure every girl had a dress."

Unfortunately, for Victoria and the owner Walethia Aquil, it was just too big of a dream.

"It just got to a point where she couldn't afford it anymore," Griggs said.

But even with the store closing its doors, it's still managing to make some dreams come true.

"I cried," Crystal Brown with Prom in the City said. "It was a big blessing."

The owner donated 500 dresses to Prom in the City, which is a dance in Saginaw for those with special needs.

"It was inspired by my niece that's 25," Brown said. "She has down syndrome... that never went to prom."

Brown said the girls attending now have another thing to be excited about.

They get to wear a new, free dress and dance the night away.

"It's a bad thing for them, but a good thing for us because in the end they'll be able to see so much joy in children's faces," Brown said.

Brown said it shows that some good can often come out of the worst of situations.

Prom in the City is May 5, 2018.

If you're interested in donating to the cause, click here.

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