Woman donates to help buy teen a new prom dress after hers was stolen

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Tatiyuana Fair loved the prom dress her mom worked to buy for her. When it was stolen, she was devastated, as she had wanted to wear it for her senior pictures. We aired the story Friday morning on NBC4 Today.

Anna Hicks saw it and wanted to help. Friday afternoon, they got to meet and we were there.

“I just remembered how special my prom dress was,” Hicks said.

“It just made me feel horrible that someone would take that from her…and just hearing the mom talk about working her tail off, you know two jobs trying to have this really awesome dress for her daughter.”

According to the Columbus Police report, the thief broke the front window of Danielle Nicholes’ home and stole her TV, credit cards, ID, and her daughter’s prom dress and shoes.

Nicholes said she worked two jobs and took on extra shifts for months to pay for the $650 dress.

“I’m a single mom. I raised her by myself for 19 years,” mother Danielle Nicholes said. “So for me to push that hard to make sure she had that dress. It was really important, not just for her, but for me as well.”

Nicholes wanted to make sure Tytiauana felt like a princess for a night.

“It felt good I was able to do it, at the same time, when someone breaks in you feel violated,” Nicholes said.


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