Surrey Princess Project needs rescuing
The project provides free dresses, shoes, and suits for young men and women on grad night
A non-profit organization that makes graduation dreams come true for more than a hundred Metro Vancouver teenagers every year is in jeopardy after receiving an unexpected storage bill.
"If there's no storage there is no program, it's as simple as that," said 75-year-old volunteer Trudean Olson.
Olson helps run The Surrey Princess Project, a program which provides free dresses, shoes, and suits for low-income young men and women on grad night.
Olson said the non-profit used to receive free storage with Pods in Burnaby, but after a change in ownership, the Princess Project is now facing a $3,800 bill.
Now, Olson and her fellow volunteers are desperately looking for sponsorship for their program, or they may have to fold after this season.
"When they see the room that has all the dresses, they're just flabbergasted," said Olson. "The difference between when they come in and when they leave is absolutely amazing."
The organization holds a gala each spring where young men and women, after being referred by highschool counsellors, get to try on the outfits.
"Without it, a lot of these kids will not graduate," Olson said. "If they can't go to graduation, they give up, and they leave school."