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Store owner helps plus size teen find prom dress

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ABINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) - When a teenager left an Abington consignment store in tears after shopping for her prom dress the store owner knew she had to help the girl out.

“Every girl should feel beautiful when they go to prom. It’s the second biggest thing to your wedding. You’re a little girl and you’re walking around in tutus and wearing fancy clothes and you dream of the day you go to a prom,” store owner Kristen Harris said.

Harris said the teenager was in the store this past weekend looking for a plus size dress, but when she couldn’t find one that fit she left crying without saying a word.

“I can hear her in there crying and that’s when it just killed me. I could see her eyes were all welted up and you can tell she had this look on her face ‘just get me out of here.’” Harris said.

Harris had just opened Designer Diva Consignment Boutique and didn’t have any size 22 dresses yet.

“I couldn't sleep all night long this just isn’t right I just couldn’t get the look of her face out of my head and listening to her, just that sweet face I could see her pain and I could feel it,” Harris said,

The girl took off and Harris took to Facebook trying to track her down.

“To the beautiful girl that was in my store today looking for a size 22 dress. I didn't get your name before you left but I will not forget your face. I'm sorry you were sad, but don't be. I will find you your dream dress!” she said.

Harris’s post was shared nearly 200 times and she said the response has been amazing.

“All of a sudden donations started coming in. ‘I have a 22 dress that I don’t wear anymore.’ Or ‘my sister went to prom and we have one sitting in the closet,’” Harris said.

Eventually the teen reached out to Harris and the two arranged for a private fitting so she can try on the dresses and pick out her perfect prom ensemble.
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