Cinderella’s Closet began as a ministry of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park, KY in 2006. It’s an effort inspired by a teenager, our founder, Erin Peterson met while shopping at a consignment store. Erin overheard the teenager ask a clerk if the beautiful, gently-used gown on display could be put on hold while she figured out how to pay for it.
She asked her foster mother for the money, but a prom dress is an extra in life, and its price was out of their reach. Seeing her disappointment, Erin bought the dress for her. As tears flooded her eyes, said she would look “just like Cinderella.” For one day, a little girl was transformed into a princess.
Erin was transformed as well. Shortly thereafter, Cinderella’s Closet became a ministry of Immanuel United Methodist Church. In 2015 that ministry helped nearly 450 girls in Northern Kentucky find the dress of their dreams and renewed confidence in themselves.
What started as one dress for one girl, has now grown and we are blessed that other churches have been led to begin Cinderella’s Closet ministries as well.
Immanuel Baptist Church of Paducah, KY believes in the mission of Cinderella’s Closet and held its first event on April 16, 2016. The 2017 event was March 25.