Kids with special needs get to experience virtual prom

Posted at 6:22 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 19:22:29-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Close to 200 kids with special needs participated in the "Virtual Night to Shine" virtual prom. The King of Kings Church in Omaha hosted the event with the help of the community.

Lead Pastor, Greg Griffith was excited to assist.

"This is an opportunity for us to live out one of our values of saying we need to be a church for the community. We get to come into communities, into families, into homes, connect with young men and women and simply say we are here, we care about you and we love you,” said Griffith.

It was a prom, so participants were encouraged to dress up in their finest clothes and Zoom in.

This event is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and included people from around the world, London, Paris, Hawaii and Omaha, Nebraska.

The Zoom prom night was not short on celebrity appearances, but the real stars of the night are the volunteers. Hundreds stopped by the church to pick up prom night boxes to be delivered to the kids taking part.

As a thank you to the volunteers, there was a pick-up party box as well. Gift and treats, areas for selfies, professional photo sessions and music were all part of the affair.

“There are so many wonderful things inside the boxes. We tried to give them everything they would get at a prom. T-shirt, crown or tiara, glow sticks, everything that will allow them to have a party in their living room," said Guest Experience Manager Lisa Hickey, King of Kings Church.

The night ended with all of the special kids being crowned king and queen.

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