CHARLOTTESVILLE — The first time Heather Toney drove by the long, coral-colored gown at a yard sale, she had an idea.
She should buy it for a student who wouldn’t be able to afford going to prom next spring, she decided. The Eastern Hancock teacher vowed to pick it up the next time she drove by.
She swung by the yard sale a second time, but having too many errands to run, she decided to come back later.
The third time she drove by, the yard sale was over and the dress was nowhere to be seen. But by then, the idea was nagging her too much to give up.
Toney knocked on the door, bought the dress from the family – who, fortunately, hadn’t sold it to anyone else – and a new program was born.