PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Weeks before prom season, Ginger Thornton looks through dozens of dresses donated to her Prom Dress Ministry.
It's an event she started up last year to help girls less fortunate be able to attend and enjoy prom.
"Every girl left there with a dress and shoes and jewelry so they had everything ready for prom," Thornton said.
Thornton told Region 8 News that everything was on track for the second annual event until she got a phone call last Saturday.
The storage unit that was donated to hold the dresses flooded in the winter storm.
"There was water everywhere," Thornton said. "My husband and I started picking up the bags that the dresses were in and the water was just coming out of several of them."
Thornton said at the time, they didn't have racks to hold the dresses and they were laying on the ground in garment bags.
So far, Thornton said they've had to throw out at least 40 dresses. Many more remain questionable.
Thornton told Region 8 News that she hopes they can salvage some of the dresses and receive more donations to make sure more girls can have the prom they've dreamed of.
"As soon as I started praying, I just had this ease that God was gonna provide and that he was gonna make sure that we have everything that we need for these girls," Thornton said.
The second annual Prom Dress Ministry takes place Saturday, March 14 at the GCT Multipurpose building on West Kingshighway.
If you're interested in dropping off dresses or monetary donations, you can do so at 22 Lou Boutique in Paragould.