And that wasn’t the only way people got behind Whitney. After hearing her story, local businesses inundated the teen with offers of homecoming gowns and shoes. Meanwhile, hairdresser Shannon Champagne provided Whitney with a makeover for free.
Explaining her generous offer, Champagne told People in 2012, “Every girl looks forward to being on that homecoming court and for her name to be called. For her to be so excited about that and then just to find out it was all a joke, it really touched me.”