"Prom angel" saves the day
Megan Steimer is excited about the Penn Hills High School senior prom. She was also excited to go try on prom gowns, but her father wasn't as excited about how much the gown would cost.
Megan is 17 years old and has a part-time job at a nursing home. She offered to pay for the stunning aqua blue strapless gown she settled on at David's Bridal in Monroeville. It cost $202.00.
"He didn't really want me to do it because he wanted to be able to afford it," she said. "And I was just like, 'I understand you have to handle the mortgage and everything, so it's not a big deal if I pay for it.'"
In the middle of the discussion over who should pay for the gown, something happened. It turns out a bride who had come to the store to settle the bill on her wedding gown overheard the Steimer family talking about money.
"They came back and they handed me the receipt and I'm like, 'I didn't pay for this yet,'" said Megan Steimer.
Megan's mother approached her father and said, "Did you pay for this yet?' And they were both like, 'We didn't pay for anything yet.'"
"I'm like, 'Come on, what do you mean it's paid for?' They said the dress is paid for," said Gary Steimer.
Store manager Carina Bass was working at the store that day.
"We believe that (the bride) overheard a young lady getting her prom dress, talking about maybe going through some tough times, we're not sure what the whole conversation was," said Bass.
That bride then secretly paid for Megan's prom gown. She and her family are more than grateful.
Megan hopes to pay it forward someday.
"If I saw a young girl that can't afford a prom dress or wanted a prom dress so bad that her parents couldn't pay for it, I would pay for it immediately," she said.