Prom season is coming up, which means you’re probably going to start seeing a lot of photos of prom dresses on your newsfeeds very soon.
On March 13th, 19-year-old Mika Riddick was feeling nostalgic and retweeted photos from her senior prom in 2016. She also included a sweet message for high schoolers attending prom this year. Her tweet inspired others and suddenly her random act of kindness went viral.
In 2016 Mika Riddick attended her senior prom.
— celeria (@CHIC4MASDULCE) May 22, 2016
The teen from Maryland shared her old photos again, but this time she included a note for everyone attending their junior or senior prom this year.
“I’m willing to let a girl in *need* use my prom dress,” she wrote.
She also offered up a pair of shoes and free makeup.
Mika offered to donate her old prom dress to another girl who needed one.
HI💖 i’m willing to let a girl in *need* use my prom dress. USE FOR THE NIGHT. I need you to be in MD, specifically glen burnie or close to. I have shoes for you as well as a makeup artist if you need that as well. IM NOT CHARGING YOU ANYTHING, JUST HAVE A GREAT NIGHT!!!!! https://t.co/HRofpgELQg
— celeria (@CHIC4MASDULCE) March 13, 2018
“I’m not going to judge you. I’m not going to— you’re not my charity case,” Mika told WUSA 9. “I’m not doing this because I’m being nice. I’m doing this because this is just how I am.”
Many were quick to praise her for the sweet gesture.
Such a sweet gesture . You’re really gonna make somebody’s night! You’re doing great sis !! pic.twitter.com/EBH7QjIYcR
— Paradise🌺 (@RYANnah_love) March 14, 2018
When asked why she was willing to donate her dress for a night, Mika said she understood that there were many girls out there who couldn’t afford a prom dress.
“They’re paying a thousand college fees or maybe working overtime to give their paychecks to their families,” she told BuzzFeed News. “These are all the things I’ve witnessed young women go through while I was in school. Or, honestly, there are just girls who are struggling to find a dress.”
She wanted to make the stress of shopping for a prom dress a little easier.
Mika’s unselfish tweet inspired others to also donate their prom dresses to other girls in need.
Soon, numerous girls were sharing photos of their old dresses.
it’s def nothing like yours✨ but i have one from my sisters wedding! in los angeles/long beach area💕💓 pic.twitter.com/ydO2pkqcol
— 🖤 (@_alerievaay) March 17, 2018
😭I wanna joinnnnnnn! I have A prom dress I’m willing to give away for free size 14 dm if interested! pic.twitter.com/sDS1rRoxvy
— 3|16 (@AiyanaNakia) March 15, 2018
Young women from all over offered their prom dress for one night of fun.
hiii i have two dresses would fit size 0-2 in the new york area i really hope they could make someone feel like a princess on prom night pic.twitter.com/Kubp8bTjOH
— ry (@artsk00ldropout) March 17, 2018
While other Twitter users continued sharing their dresses online, Mika was busy fielding dozens of messages from people. She told BuzzFeed News that not only were people messaging her about the possibility of wearing the dress, but many just wanted to let her know how much they would have appreciated the kind act when they were in high school.
It didn’t take long before Mika found a young woman to borrow her dress for a night.
Although there was plenty of interest online, the dress ended up going to a young woman who showed up at her house.
“Her mother cried and it made me so happy…not to see her tears but to relieve her stress,” the 19-year-old said.
Even a few young men have offered to donate their suits.
For any dudes in this feed…I’m in Glen Burnie too & I got suits! 🤷🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/GSAn0OIxNf
— Mr.Vanity (@_JoshuaTodd) March 15, 2018
When Mika sent out her tweet, she intended to help one girl, but thanks to her act of kindness, she potentially helped at least several others find the dress or suit of their dreams.