29 Nov Giving Tuesday-Simply From the Heart
This time of year, our minds can bounce from one obligation to the next. Although it can be full of fun, it is sometimes challenging to juggle errands and gift lists. During the Holiday season, it’s important to remain in the spirit of giving. Reflecting on giving thanks, I truly have so much to be thankful for. For me, this time of year serves as a reminder. I am reminded of my health, my family, and all the blessing I’ve been given. One way I hold on to that giving spirit is by getting involved with charity work and fundraising.
This year, on Giving Tuesday, I want to tell you about two very inspiring women, Jackelyn Gauci and Brooke Bolley. Jackelyn is the founder of the Non-Profit Organization, Simply From the Heart. Jackelyn founded Simply From the Heart in memory of Brooke, her best friend, after Brooke lost her battle against cancer.
Brooke was a Hairstylist by trade. While she was in the hospital receiving treatment after treatment for over a year, Jackelyn was by her side. As a true best friend, she’d do her hair and makeup in an attempt to lift her spirits. After loosing Brooke, Jackelyn saw the need to provide these small pampering services to other patients.
In Jackelyn’s words, “The small things in life that are often taken for granted are what we believe give patients the gift of strength.”
When I met Jackelyn, I immediately wanted to get involved. Not only is this close to my heart because of Brooke’s occupation, but also because I see the value in what looking good can do for someone’s inner strength. What better way to give back then to those fighting for their lives. Simply From the Heart has partnered with nine major hospitals in Chicago, Michigan, and California. The team of professionals and volunteers provide hairstyling, nail polish and makeup applications, and massage services. I am so very excited to become a volunteer myself!
While I wait for my Hospital clearance, I want to do all that I can to give back to this amazing organization. I’m holding a Beauty Drive through the end of the year, collecting unopened beauty supplies needed. If you’re scheduled for an appointment this month, please bring any unused beauty items you may have listed below:
Toy Nylon Hair Braid Extensions
RubberBands/Elastic Braiding Bands/Ties
Cutex One-Step Remover Pads/Ulta Regular Nail Polish Remover Pads
Tierra’s (for Prince & Princess Day)
I’ll also be attending their Second Annual Gala at the Godfrey Hotel Rooftop Wine & Whisky Tasting Event tomorrow, November 30th, with my coworker and owner of Shag a Salon, Jessica. This Gala hosted 230 guests last year, check out these highlights! There will also be a raffle with a chance to win a brand new Ducati 959! The winner does not need to be present and will be drawn at the Gala on Wednesday! Only 100 tickets at $250 each will be sold. With a $16,000 value and all proceeds going to further Simply From the Heart‘s mission, it’s a win-win!
If you’d like to join us, it’s not too late! Purchase a ticket here.
At Shag a Salon, we all see the need for this amazing organization and will each be asking our clients to donate whatever they can to the Beauty Drive. Please join us in whatever way you are able!