Cinderella Project of Maine announces expansion

Mar 16, 2014

After eight seasons and over 1,000 new and gently used dresses “recycled” to new owners, the Cinderella Project of Maine is expanding into the Gardiner area. Girls on the midcoast can still expect and receive dresses at the flagship location at Reny’s Plaza in Belfast, but there will now be a second give away in Gardiner this season as well.

The Cinderella Project will be partnering with the community of Gardiner to expand its reach to that area. Meg Gipson, a teacher at Gardiner Area High School will be spearheading the second site, dubbed “Cinderella Project of Maine at Gardiner.”

The Cinderella Project of Maine was formed in 2006 and has held its giveaway at the former Waltz Pharmacy building in Reny’s Plaza for the last three years. For years, new and gently used prom gowns have been collected from folks all over the country. The gowns are given away to any girl in need — all totally free with one stipulation — we ask the recipients to “pay it forward” and do a good deed for someone else.

The Belfast 2014 giveaway will be Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Reny’s Plaza in Belfast. The Gardiner giveaway will be Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Johnson Hall, 280 Water Street in Gardiner from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is absolutely no cost for any of the dresses, jewelry, or accessories. Dressing rooms will be available to try on gowns, and Cinderella Project staff and other community volunteers will be on hand to assist with the selection process.

Dresses and donations can be dropped off at a number of sites around the state, please see to find the one nearest you. Additional pick-up locations can also be arranged based on need. For more information please contact Tabitha Lowe at Waldo Community Action Partners, 338-6809 or or Mandie Sawyer at Belfast Community Outreach Program in Education at 207-338-0261 or

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