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Group helping foster kids 'dress to the nines' for homecoming

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Dozens of schools around Mid-Michigan are celebrating homecoming Friday night with parades, football games and dances.

A local group is helping some area youngsters get ready for homecoming but they need your help to push it over the top.

Flint’s Whaley Children’s Center wants the occasion to be special for the foster kids they care for.

“Every kid wants to make those memories and be able to share those experiences with their friends,” said Mindy Prusa, CEO of Whaley Children’s Center.

Unfortunately, not every kid has that chance.

The kids at the center are all foster children who have had some pretty tough experiences so far in their young lives.

“All of our kids are victims of abuse and neglect. They're living here 24/7, 365. So essentially we become their family, so it's important we give them all the experiences kids deserve,” Prusa said.

The teens go to homecoming at area schools, but homecoming is a time to dress to the nines and many of them can't afford a suit or dress. 

So, Whaley Center provides their new duds with the help of the community.

“We don’t have it in our budget to get all the girls dresses and get suits for the boys and updos done and all the things they need to make the experience happen,” Prusa said.

This year they still need some more clothes to dress up and go to homecoming. Especially for the guys. They've got some shirts but they're in need of shoes, belts, and other items.

The girl's dresses were donated by a group called "My Dreams Do Come True" in Flint.

On the big day, the staff helps the girls get ready for the dance but they still need those extra donations to send all of their kids off to the dance.

“They're kids. That's what's important for the kids to remember. Yes, they're here at Whaley, and yes, they've been through a lot, but at the end of the day, they're kids,” Prusa said.

You can donate new or nearly new clothing to the Whaley Center.

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