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Community helps Riverside teen go to prom after parents lose jobs

A Riverside teenager's prom dreams came true thanks to Facebook and a lot of generous people.
April 29, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Riverside teenager's prom dreams came true thanks to Facebook and a lot of generous people.

Up until a couple days ago, 16-year-old Albert Luna Jr. and his girlfriend, Vanessa Flores, didn't think they would be going to prom. Luna's parents both lost their jobs recently. His father said there was quite simply no way to pay for prom.

"It crushed me. It crushed me a lot to know that my son is not going to get to go to his prom," said Albert Luna Sr.

So in walks family friend Kimberley Mickey with a simple act of kindness.

"She was like, 'Don't worry about it. I got it covered,'" said Luna Jr.

With one post on the Facebook page for "What's Going on in Riverside County," Mickey says things started happening. She couldn't believe the response from the community.

"It gave me the chills. It was just awesome," said Mickey.

A local flower shop was one of the first places to help out.

"We were happy to donate the corsage and boutonniere to them," said Elizabeth Godfrey with Riverside Mission Florists.

Another company donated the tux. A restaurant offered up dinner for Luna and his friends, and a car company offered a limousine.

"I don't know what to say. If I had the tears, I would be crying right now," said Luna Jr.

Even though a lot of these kids won't graduate until next year, this whole experience has given everyone a lesson on the power of the Internet and the generosity of the community.

"It actually makes me think that people still really care out there. There are a lot of people still out there that care," said Luna Sr.