A dress to feel their best

Placer County Junior royalty collects dresses for needy girls
By: Megan Wood the Press Tribune
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Every little girl should feel like a princess once in a while. And that’s just what Kamryn Cendana, Jenny Hutchinson and Emily Sims are hoping to achieve this holiday season. The girls have taken to collecting gently used special occasion dresses to donate to local charities for needy girls to wear for their holiday festivities. “I always like getting dressed up because it makes me feel special,” said Rocklin resident Kamryn Cendana, 10, who is organizing the dress drive as part of her duties as Junior Miss Placer County Queen, for which she was crowned earlier this year. “Every girl deserves to feel special and beautiful.” The girls got the idea for the drive after realizing how many events, like the pageants the trio participate in regularly, that require special dresses that are often only worn once. “We thought it made sense that if this was the case for them, there must be other girls with dresses they’ve outgrown,” said Kamryn’s mother, Kendra. “On the same line, the girls know that there are other less fortunate girls that don’t have nice things to wear.” The girls said their goal is to collect 100 dresses. They’re off to a good start having already gathered 30 of various sizes and styles from simple Easter dresses to christening gowns. The girls posted fliers at their schools, churches and local businesses alerting their communities to the cause and said their classmates and school friends have taken time to go through their closets to help their campaign. “My older sister’s friends thought it was a cool idea and they wanted to help too,” Kamryn said. “I’m really happy that I can use my title to help other people and get other people to help too.” The Holiday Dress Drive began earlier this month and will continue through Nov. 15 after which, the girls will personally deliver the dresses to the Sacramento Food Bank’s Clothing Closet, Placer County’s Emergency Children’s Shelter and St. Vincent de Paul. “I’m really excited to deliver the dresses,” said Roseville resident and Junior Miss Placer County Ambassador Jenny Hutchinson. “I think the girls will be really surprised and happy that we thought of them and they get to have a pretty dress to wear.” As titleholders of the Junior Miss Placer County pageant Cendana, Hutchinson and Sims participate and organize numerous charity events and fundraisers throughout the year. “It’s not because we have to. We want to, we think it’s fun,” Kamryn said. “It’s cool to see how little by little I can make a big impact. That’s why these projects are fun to do.” Dresses to be donated can be dropped off at Good Brothers’ Flooring in Rocklin at 2217 Sunset Blvd. Suite 705 or at the Placer County Fairgrounds office in Roseville at 800 All America City Blvd.