Share this story

Someone Cares: Shining Dancers

This dance mom’s costume plan gave other children a chance to shine.


I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful my 10-year-old daughter looked when she put on her dance recital costume this spring.

She’d been taking dance lessons for seven years, but this year the sequins seemed to shine more, the tutu seemed poofier and she had a bigger-than-ever smile on her face. Or maybe it was just me.

Community Newsletter

Get More Inspiration Delivered to Your Inbox

Other kids should get to feel this way, I thought. Right then I decided to give some of my daughter’s old costumes to a children’s hospital in Pittsburgh. I put up a flyer at the dance studio to see if anyone else wanted to donate, calling the project Bibbidy Bobbidy Ballerinas. One of the other moms saw it and posted the request on Facebook.

It went viral! Dancers and their parents from all over Pennsylvania offered us costumes. We even got donations from out of state! Some of the other dance moms helped me organize all the shipments, and we registered as a nonprofit so people could donate money to help pay for the dry cleaning, storage and other expenses.

So far, we’ve been able to donate to the hospital and a local museum’s dress-up area, where kids can try on different costumes. We’re even putting together a one-day camp, with dance classes and a red carpet. All kids deserve a moment to shine.

Learn more about Bibbidy Bobbidy Ballerinas!

Learn more about Someone Cares greeting cards!

Did you enjoy this story? Subscribe to Guideposts magazine.

Share this story

Guideposts Magazine

0 reviews

Top Magazine Features

  • Packed with inspirational true stories
  • Heartwarming celebrity stories
  • Unforgettable family moments
  • Mysterious Ways stories of extraordinary moments and everyday miracles
  • Quotes from today’s positive thinkers

Community Newsletter

Get More Inspiration Delivered to Your Inbox

Donate to change a life together
Scroll to Top