[The church where all the beautifying happens]
[A photo of me in action. It was actually taken last year. You can tell by my Miss Hawaiian Tropic tan and leftover beach goddess hair. Should I dye it dark again?? It was way too busy to take pictures this year]
This is my eighth year of doing this and probably my last [don't tell Donna], since I will be moving in a few months. We basically meet in the church and cut hair for these women on non hydraulic seating with poor ventilation and equally poor electrical currents. It is an event that is designed to give these hardworking women a day all to themselves that they couldn't normally afford or take the time to do themselves. Aside from hairstyling services, there are also makeup artists, photographers, masseuses, manicurists, and an on-site electrician for all your electrical blowout needs. I do have to say all these years of participation has provided me with not only TV airtime, but the satisfaction of knowing that someone truly appreciates your services, and is grateful, unlike snobby soccerish moms of Highlands Ranch that think their life is over because"they look like a retard" when their hair is cut a centimeter too short. The former is definitely rewarding. And its fun when the ladies remember you and line up in anticipation of your cuts because they recall the wonderful haircut you gave them last year. And the year before that...
This year, however, I am noticing a lot of familiar faces. Which is good that I am able to familiarize, but at the same time I am curious as to why they are still there. Milking the system?? This year I saw about 8 women that I fully remember and they seem to be doing well. One had decked out highlights [on waist long hair]-how did she afford that with four kids? Another one was having her fifth kid-and talking about what club she was going out to that night. Another lady must have been well over fifty-was she planning on retiring at Warren Village shelter? I won't say who, but I know there are women out there with kids, maybe four, that wouldn't dare think of themselves first before their kids, who do it by themselves, walk everywhere because they can't afford a car, and live in tiny one bedroom apartments and sleep on the floor and take all donated clothing from the church to wear because they can't afford to buy clothing and work their asses off doing crazy manual labor type jobs because its the only way to make ends meet. They are the ones that need and deserve rewards such as this. Not these people.
Its kind of bittersweet thinking that this will be my last time doing this. Sad, because its almost become a part of me, a tradition-if you will, but its the little fishy things like that that validate my feelings for wanting to find a new volunteer program-for people who TRULY need it. I love Project Angel Heart located here in Colorado. I used to to work with them when I was with M.A.C. What a special organization. But since I'm moving, it will be hard to get with their program. And I'm kinesthetic type person. I'd much rather work with people or projects than to write a check and send away.
That said, do you have a favorite charity? What is your way of helping those who truly need it?