Cosmetologists are Natural Born Givers

Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) is continuously finding ways, time and energy to give back to our community and to those in need. Year to date, MSC’s students, staff and faculty have donated 426 hours of community engagement by actively participating in many outreach programs and events, striving to make a difference in peoples lives.

Students who performed hair and makeup for the Children’s Hospital fashion show fundraiser

Cosmetologists have numerous ways they can make a person’s gloomy day turn into a pursuit of happiness. A simple human touch can mean a world of difference, especially to someone who may be homeless, elderly without family members to care and show love for them, or making a child who is struggling with cancer feel beautiful. Many of the lives we touch are people who long for the emotions that derive from a simple human touch that many of us take for granted everyday.

Some of the ways our students and employees have been able to give back include: making women feel beautiful about themselves, at the Harriet Tubman Center in Minneapolis, by giving women who are struggling to find peace, a haircut and a new hairstyle.

Another memorable favorite is providing confidence with a new haircut and style for children who are a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters. We have also had numerous visits to the Listening House Shelter for the homeless, in St.Paul, giving haircuts and hairstyles and even beard trims to many people who have never experienced what it’s like to have an industry professional cut their hair. We also enjoy making frequent smiles, to the Oak Meadows Senior Living Center tenants, providing manicures for the elderly.

The most memorable of them all would be a tie between the time we got to spend with the children at the Shriner’s Hospital, where our team of students and instructors had the opportunity to provide haircuts, hairstyles, makeup and manicures for children with cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions so they can attend their prom, and the time we spent doing hair and makeup for the models at the at Children’s Hospital fashion show.

Our most recent campaign, kicked off this week, is to grant one wish for a Make-A-Wish child. Make-A-Wish is a nonprofit organization founded in the United States that arranges experiences to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The cost to grant one child their wish is $6,500.  When asking our students if they’d like to be a part of raising donations for the Make-A-Wish foundation by walking in their 5K on August 9 in Bloomington, the response I received was astronomical. Cosmetologists have a true vision to give, give, give!

They were instantly engaged, they formed a committee, and together we decided our goal was to raise the $6,500 it takes to grant one wish for one child. I have seen students creatively finding as many ways as they can to find ways to reach our goal; I have even seen many of them donating their tips from the clients they serve while attending school. We are determined to reach our goal and to continue to make a difference.

I commend all of our amazingly talented and giving students and instructors for the love they have in their hearts to strive to help make our world a better place.

Written by Jill Hocking, campus director at MSC-Woodbury

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