Kim Hone-McMahan

It’s hard to believe, but dreams of prom night are already on the minds of area teens.

Girls from area high schools can score a free prom dress through Altrusa International of Akron’s annual Princess Night Project. This year’s event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 19, at the Family of Faith United Methodist Church, 800 E. Market St., Akron.

No qualifications are needed. Any girl who attends gets to choose from more than 1,000 gowns. Altrusa asks only for the name of the girl’s school and how she heard about Princess Night Project.

Once registered, the girls choose a gown. Aides act as personal shoppers, helping them make selections. Should the gown need a few alterations to make it fit perfectly, seamstresses are available to make minor adjustments.

Altrusa also offers a large selection of dressy shoes and accessories such as purses, wraps and jewelry. Makeup and fragrance samples will be given to the girls for use on prom night.

Altrusa is accepting donations of new or gently used prom gowns, shoes, jewelry, purses and wraps. Tax-deductible donations can be dropped off at locations in Cuyahoga Falls, Ellet and West Akron. Please call the numbers below for details. Gowns and accessories may also be brought to the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 18.

Since 2001, local members of Altrusa International, a volunteer service organization, have provided free prom dresses to more than 1,500 girls. For information, call Linda Rittenour 330-733-1353 or Alice Luse 330-869-5161.

Walk in her shoes

The Rape Crisis Center’s annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is scheduled for April 29. The event is at downtown Akron’s Lock 3 Park, 200 S. Main St., with registration beginning at 5 p.m.

Here are some ways to participate:

•?Register a team online and raise donations at and click “join now.” All donations are tax deductible.

•?Become a sponsor. You get your corporate banner at the event, your company mentioned in press opportunities as well as any posters, T-shirts, the Rape Crisis website and social media throughout the year, and the accompaniment of a costumed superhero during the event.

Some items are time sensitive, so submit before April 1. For information, visit

Please donate cars

The Silent Angels, those anonymous cherubs who do good deeds for those who have fallen on bad times through no fault of their own, has grown in its outreach.

The generous group is in search of a car dealership that could donate a used vehicle now and then.

“The people we help with vehicles are ones that continue to work with broken vehicles, unsafe vehicles or they walk or beg for rides until they can figure it out and find new transportation,” said the man who leads the group. “Silent Angels is also interested in taking car donations from individuals.”

If you have a car that is in good working condition or needs minor repairs, please email or write to Silent Angels Program, Canal Place, Suite 2511-9, 520 S. Main St., Akron 44311.

As always, thank you for your generosity.

Kim Hone-McMahan can be reached at 330-996-3742 or Find her on Facebook at