Two Granite Staters Help Teens in Need Say Yes to the Dress

Senator Maggie Hassan
2 min readApr 29, 2022

Spring in the Granite State means longer days, budding leaves, and — for many — high school prom season.

Two Granite Staters are working to ensure that every young woman can feel confident on her big night. Heidi Matthews-Cantin and John Cantin of Manchester co-manage Missy’s Closet, a resale boutique holding its fourth annual “Say Yes to the Prom Dress” event this month.

Heidi and John pictured in front of a rack of prom dresses
Heidi and John, April’s Granite Staters of the Month, co-manage Missy’s Closet in Manchester. (Photo credit: Heidi Matthews-Cantin)

With more than 1,000 dresses of all colors and sizes — and makeup and jewelry to match — Missy’s Closet is working to make sure that every young woman — no matter her economic circumstances — has the opportunity to feel special in her gown on prom night.

In 2009, John lost his daughter, Melissa “Missy” Charbonneau, to domestic violence. Missy’s Closet was started in her memory. Run on donations and volunteers, Missy’s Closet helps survivors of domestic violence and those struggling with mental illness or substance misuse.

When people like Heidi and John stand up, fight stigma, and raise awareness on these issues, the conversation changes for the better. After all, as Heidi herself says, kindness has a trickle-down effect, and all you need to do is help one person a day.

Racks of prom dresses of all styles and colors in Missy’s Closet
Missy’s Closet began prom season with more than 1,000 dresses of all colors and sizes. (Photo credit: Heidi-Matthews-Cantin)

John and Heidi embody the New Hampshire spirit of generosity and kindness by working to ensure that everyone — regardless of financial circumstance — has the opportunity to thrive. I am honored to name them as April’s Granite Staters of the Month.

Do you know a Granite Stater who should be next month’s Granite Stater of the Month? Nominate them here.



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