Going to prom is a magical experience for any teen: with all the glitz and the glamour, what’s not to love? It’s custom to wear formal dresses and suits, and nothing makes teens feel like kings and queens quite like prom does.
But go back a few decades, and prom wasn’t accessible by everyone. During the Great Depression, many couldn’t afford to pay to go to the event.
One such person was 97-year-old Helen Danis. She grew up during the Great Depression, and reportedly didn’t have the money to attend the lavish event.
When her granddaughter Julie Huddon heard about this missed opportunity, she decided to try to give her grandmother the prom of her dreams, after all that she has been through. Julie asked her son’s school, Pilgrim High School, if Helen would be allowed to attend, and they said yes!
But she didn’t stop there: Julie wanted to make the experience as special as can be for Helen. “I got a crown for her and wrote her a note, asking her to be my date to prom,” she told WJAR.
“She didn’t stop smiling the whole night,” Julie told USA Today. “It was so special to share this memory with her.”
She added that this was part of her plan to help Helen cross items off her bucket list as she nears 100 years of age.
Please share if you thought this was a special moment! We’re sure this grandma had the time of her life, and we hope that she ends up crossing all the items off her list!