After thinking their prom might never materialize due to the massive landslide that devastated their town, Darrington High School students enjoyed a night that brought some to tears.
While sitting in a chair having her hair styled Saturday evening, prom committee member Chelsea Williamson smiled at what she saw in the mirror.
“I wanted a bun in the back and a few curls hanging down,” she said.
A simple request for a hair style, but Williamson remembers how close she came to missing her senior prom.
“Really didn’t know what to do,” she said.
It’s already hard enough raising money for a prom in a small town, she explained.
“Because we’re always asking the same people.”
Now, those same people are still recovering from a landslide, and in need of donations themselves.
Darrington's prom typically requires between $5,000 and $7,000 in donations.
"Everybody in Darrington struggled because of the drive and gas money already,” she said.
Last month, KING 5’s Jesse Jones found out Darrington High School’s prom was in jeopardy. So, he found a new space at the Darrington Community Center, along with businesses willing to donate decorations, food, and photography – even coffee.
Dresses, hair styling, and make-up sessions were also donated.
“I’m so excited. I can’t wait to put it on,” Williamson said about her dress.
Williamson gasped when she walked in and saw her local gym transformed into an “Enchanted Forest”.
“Oh my God,” she said. “I want to cry.”