While working with them, they often open up to us and share stories about their lives and how they came to live at the hospital. Often heartbreaking, but always inspiring, because their strength and will to be positive and heal are profound.
As much as I know how healing beauty is, I am always touched to experience it in this way.
Reiki energy healing just adds a deeper level to this special day. We are so fortunate to have a really amazing, loving group of Reiki practioners on board.
We were grateful to have major fashion and beauty photographer, Barry Hollywood, generously donate his time and talents to shoot portraits and behind the scenes photos.
We were able to pull together some nice beauty treats to give away. Thanks again to Eyes Lips Face (elf), Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics and Polish Beauty Bar for their generous product donations. The residents were thrilled to receive them!
A big shout out to the cosmetology students (and their teacher Miss Liz) from the Aveda-Carston Institute who came through "10-deep" to help out with hair, makeup and nails! They were a tremendous help in making sure that every resident got serviced efficiently. The only guy on our team, Master Barber Rod Hampton was a hit with both the male clients and the students- he loved it! LOL
This awesome opportunity to give back wouldn't be possible without Mr. Ron Becker, CG's Director of Therapeutic Recreation and the Angelica Organization, who is responsible for the funding of special events such as Healing Beauty Day and much more. If you are interested in volunteering at our next event, please contact me and if you are interested in volunteering your time throughout the year, please contact Trisha Duval from Angelica.
Much peace, love and gratitude to everyone who participated, all the staff and residents at Coler- Goldwater. Looking forward to our next Healing Beauty Day!