40 Low Income San Mateo County Teens Get Prom, Graduation Makeovers

The Children’s Fund was able to help 40 teenagers and offer them a free dress or suit and accessories for prom and graduation.

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The following is a news release from the County of San Mateo: 

San Mateo County Children’s Fund partnered with the Assistance League of San Mateo to help foster youth and low income teens prepare for prom and graduation so that they look and feel their best on these special days.

Three specific shopping dates were available at Turnstyle, a clothing store in San Mateo, to help teens shop for their special events and Burlingame’s Sephora donated makeup samples.

“This is another great example of different organizations collaborating together for the greater good of the community,” said San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier. “Our County is known for working together to improve the lives of our residents and I’m proud we organized this event with our partners”

“Our goal is to offer our foster youth and low income teens the same opportunities any other teenager would have,” said Iliana Rodriguez, Agency Director of the Human Services Agency. “Prom and graduation are important events for any teenagers and we are here to help.”

This year, the Children’s Fund was able to help 40 teenagers and offer them a free dress or suit and accessories for prom and graduation. The teens were able to shop for their items and girls received makeup samples from Sephora.

“This is an exciting milestone for these kids and the Assistance League of San Mateo hopes to help afew high school seniors feel ready to celebrate,” said Pat Reed, of the Assistance League of San Mateo.

The Children's Fund began in 1973 as a "grass roots" effort by San Mateo County social workers to assist foster children and low income children. The program provides goods and services such as back packs and school supplies, baby clothes, refurbished computers, and holiday gifts.

The program is funded by private donations. The Children's Fund benefits low-income and foster children and teens being served by the County of San Mateo's Human Services Agency, Probation and Mental Health departments, as well as any children living in poverty throughout San Mateo County.

The Children’s Fund Facebook page is a great way to stay connected with current and upcoming events, see event photos and remain informed of related activities and information. “Like” the Children’s Fund at https://www.facebook.com/childrensfundsmc


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