Calling all foster children in the Jacksonville area to come and be a part of a fashion show, whether it’s modeling clothes on stage or helping behind-the-scenes.
Spiritual Hands of Alpha and Omega (SHAO) is putting on a fashion show where our foster children are the stars. Cynthia Thomas, SHAO founder, is looking for outgoing foster children, from five years of age and older. Models and workers can be any sex and any race, and importantly, they can be any size—tall, short, overweight, skinny, and every size in between. Experience is not required because they will be trained.
Thomas said, 'I want to give these children an opportunity that’s rare and one that will bolster their self-esteem. Most young people in our community don’t get a chance to be in a fashion show or pageant. This event will teach them how to walk the walk and talk the talk, not to mention how to make the turns, display the right personality, and allow them to go through the activities that go on behind the stage. Not only will they have that experience should they want to further pursue work in this industry, but they will know how to perform in a more professional manner.'
Requirements are few. Participants will need to be available for about three rehearsals, and the first one will be held soon. Then about a week before the show, they will need to visit the designated clothing merchant to get sized for the clothes they’ll be modeling. On the day of the show, everyone involved will need to arrive at least an hour early.
The fashion show is scheduled for Saturday, November 13 at the Avenues Mall in South Jacksonville from 1 – 2 p.m. Thomas said, 'I chose to have it in November to honor National Adoption Awareness Month. I want to do this every year.'
Thomas wants to use this event to make the community aware that there are children who need to be adopted. And she’s no stranger to working with children. She has been working with the Florida Department of Children & Families for 20 years. She wants to use her talents, experience, and her licensure as a Wedding Coordinator Event Planner to make sure young people in our community are off the streets, engaging in productive activities.
She has a heart for those children in foster care. She said, 'My mission is helping to provide guiding principles where they can exercise integrity, promote good judgment and exhibit respect for one another. They can later open the door that had been opened for them. This show will give them that opportunity. Even if they don’t have parents, they’ll know that they do have a community who cares.'
If you are interested in getting your foster child(ren) involved or need additional information about this event, contact Cynthia Thomas at 904-738-2921.