Courtesy of Marshall University Pictured from left to right: Dr. Nancy Elkins, associate professor at the Marshall School of Nursing, and Nikki Thomas, development director of Golden Girl Group Home.

HUNTINGTON - After the announcement for prom was made, the Marshall School of Nursing decided to make the night glamorous for one local group home. Dr. Nancy Elkins, associate professor at the school, said students in her psychology nursing course are required to complete a community project at various local agencies. She said one of these agencies is the Golden Girl Group Home in Ceredo. The group home specializes in working with abused, neglected and abandoned girls. Elkins and her students, along with support from the local community, were able to collect 65 dresses to donate to the residents of the Golden Girl Group Home.

Nikki Thomas, development director at Golden Girl Group Home, said the girls they serve are 12 to 18 years old and have been removed from situations of abuse and neglect before coming to Golden Girl.

"We normally would not have the resources to purchase prom dresses or accessories for our girls," Thomas said. "It's amazing to me that a total of 65 prom dresses were collected along with jewelry, shoes and other accessories for the girls. As future healthcare professionals, I love how these students are embracing the importance of reaching out to their community. There is no better way to show these ladies you care and to help make them feel beautiful on what should be a very special night."

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