Pine Ridge H.S students collecting prom dresses - FOX 35 News Orlando

Pine Ridge H.S students collecting prom dresses for underprivileged teens

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DELTONA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

This year it's all about paying it forward at Pine Ridge High School in Deltona.

It started when a well-loved math teacher Charlie Lundell announced his lung and liver cancer was back. His wife is pregnant with twins.

Students jumped in to help, holding fundraisers like "Dancing with the Teachers", and even donating a porting of their prom funds to help with Lundell's mounting medical bills.

Parent Alison Tackett says, "We're very moved at what the students have done for Mr. Lundell."

Now, some Pine Ridge parents and students who were so touched by the efforts to help Mr.Lundell are offering to help these students out.

They're collecting prom dresses to donate to those who don't have a lot of money to put toward prom.

It's all part of a Facebook effort they call "Operation Princess Panther".

Sophomore Jade Lippens says, "So we posted the idea on Facebook of donating dresses so we can give to all the girls, and it was a big hit."

They've collected dozens of dresses so far. Many with the tags still on them.

Sophomore Danielle Gregory says, "I've learned that all you have to do is as for help, and it's amazing to see how many hands just shoot up to donate."

The parents and students are still collecting dresses, shoes and accessories. If you'd like more information you can find them on Facebook by searching "Operation Princess Panther."

The school will distribute the dresses to Pine Ridge students on a first come first serve basis on April 27th. Any dresses that aren't used will be held for next year's prom or donated to a local charity.

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