Looking at the month of February on a calendar always seems to draw your eye to February 14. We immediately think about that special someone and obsess over the most perfect gift to show just how much they are loved. With grand Valentine’s Day gestures being shared through almost every form of marketing, it’s easy to forget about how it feels just to receive a simple, hand made Valentine’s Day card. Caring Cards took a piece nostalgia to offer kindness to others that may need it the most.
Thinking back to time spent in Saperstein Critical Care Tower of Cedars-Sinai Hospital visiting friends, co-creator of ‘Caring Cards’ and Director of Shows for John Paul Mitchell Systems, Greg Bonhomme, remembered seeing patients without visitors. With this thought in mind, he suggested to his partner, Rabbit, that in leu of a lavish Valentine’s Day celebration, they spend time making Valentine’s Day cards to share with hospital patients. In 2017, the pair delivered 175 cards which was enough for every bed in Saperstein —with the goal eventually being able to share a card with every single patient in hospital care. Soon after, friends and family began to pitch in to create cards. From there, the word of kindness spread across the country encouraging schools and offices to jump on board.
When The Temple, a Paul Mitchell Partner School, co-owner, Sharon got wind of such a thoughtful initiative, it was a no brainer to get both Temple schools involved. Sharon shared, “Our school’s foundation is the culture. Having the ability to make someone’s day could mean giving to someone you may not even know”. Sharing the reason why Temple classrooms were transformed into a giant arts and crafts space, with The Temple Future Professionals made them even more excited for the opportunity to be a day maker. Instead of their normal canvas of hair, our Future Professionals thoughtfully crafted cards, with encouraging words to share with patients at Frederick Memorial Hospital and Anne Arundel Medical Center.
To be kind and to share kindness is a concept but when it’s believed and put into action makes it a lifestyle. Everyday, we are so proud of our Temple Team and Future Professionals for genuinely living the Paul Mitchell culture daily.
The Temple Annapolis hosted a Daddy Daughter Princess Party this past summer aimed at teaching fathers how to care for and style their daughter’s hair. Among the skills taught were how to properly tie a sleek ponytail, create the perfect dancer bun and style a simple and elegant 3-strand braid.
“It was awesome to spend the day teaching dads how to do their daughters’ hair,” said team member Hannah Baldwin. “Growing up, I loved when my dad did my hair; so it was great to be able to give back and share an experience that these princesses will be able to remember for the rest of their lives.”
Future Professional on hand assisting the dad with any help or questions they had. They also painted their daughters nails. Of course, it would not be a princess party without cupcakes, tiaras and wands for the lovely princesses!
“I had such a great time teaching the dads how to braid their daughters’ hair. They were willing to learn and did such a great job!” said Future Professional Gabby Bauer.
Proceeds from the event benefit Paul Mitchell School’s annual FUNraiser.
Staff and Future Professionals from The Temple Annapolis we’re honored to be able to give back to their community by spending a few hours pampering the residents of FutureCare Chesapeake.
“To have the opportunity to give our time freely was an honor. They really appreciated the time we spend with them. It’s moments like this that remind us why we love giving back,” said Hannah Baldwin.
The organization provides short-term rehabilitation and nursing care in Maryland to those recovering from surgery.
“I loved getting to spend the afternoon making the residents of FutureCare Chesapeake feel great” commented Hope Breiding.
Future Professionals from Temple Annapolis recently donated their time to give free braids to participants of Girls on the Run.
“It was so fun. I loved braiding their hair and getting to connect with such a great organization.” said future professional Hannah Lee.
Girls on the Run is an organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. They believe; “That every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, can change the world. Can.”
“Girls on the Run is a organization that truly helps build girls confidence from a young age. It was a fun event of being able to meet these young girls as well as, donate our time to do braiding for them.” said Hannah Baldwin, Service Desk Leader.
Future Professionals from The Temple Annapolis Be Nice or Else team had the privilege of helping 100+ campers at Camp Sunrise get ready for their big dance on August 4th. They donated their time and skills to provide hair, makeup, and manicures so campers could be ready to dance the night away.
“I loved being able to spend the afternoon giving back to such a great camp. The smile on the kids faces were priceless, and it is always a great to be able to give back to such a great cause.” said Hannah Baldwin, Service Desk Leader.
Camp Sunrise gives a normal camping experience to hundreds of happy campers who have been diagnosed with or survived cancer. They combine an exciting camp experience with professional medical support so, campers are given the opportunity to have a week long of summer fun.
Future Professional Rachel Falls said, “I really enjoyed working with the younger kids. It was nice to see that they were strong enough and self assured enough in what they wanted. I met one little girl who had beat cancer and been cancer free for six years and she was such a inspiration. I feel like doing events like these are one of the reasons I started doing hair.”