ROCKY MOUNT, North Carolina (WTVD) — Prom tickets, dinner and attire can be expensive for anyone, but it’s extra difficult for teens whose families were affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Now, a young woman in Rocky Mount is hoping to change that and send four high schoolers to prom, in hopes of bringing back a sense of normality.

Matthew’s flood waters have wiped away homes and cars, but not hopes. Many families are still displaced and relief vouchers won’t cover prom costs.

“They don’t have enough for miscellaneous things,” said Gertrude Whitaker, the woman behind the effort. “Which prom is not miscellaneous to a teenager in high school – that’s the most important part of their life.”

You can donate to help get these kids to prom here.

Whitaker was also flooded out, but has other resources, and is donating what she can to take two guys and gals to prom.

Gertrude Whitaker

Her brother’s hair salon, Hair Xpressionz in Rocky Mount, is donating its time and talent for new hairdos. Ace of Fierce, a hair extension business Whitaker works with, is also donating new locks for the ladies.

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