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.
For the 4th year in a row, the Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School was thrilled to be a part of the annual Daddy Daughter Dance this past February at the Frederick Fairgrounds hosted by City of Frederick Parks & Rec Department.
Nearly 800 father/daughter couples attended the sold-out soiree where Temple Future Professionals provided nail services along with goody bags with Paul Mitchell samples and complimentary follow up discount cards.
The City of Frederick generously donates $350 to The Temple’s annual Paul Mitchell School FUNraising efforts that benefits 11 different non-profit organizations on a local and national level.
“This event was amazing for both me as a staff member as well as the Future Professionals that participated. Tons of fun for everyone! They were all outstanding and really made a difference for attendees. We always love making them smile!” said Liz Rapalus, Learning Leader.
Future Professionals taking part in our student run programs had the recent privilege of practicing their craft on visitors at the Alan P. Linton Jr. Emergency Shelter in Frederick, Maryland. Numerous haircuts were performed on the area’s homeless individuals during the team’s visit.
“We are incredibly proud of our Future Professionals tonight under the leadership of Learning Leaders Mandy Ward and Danielle West for giving back to those in need, said Sharon Riser Co-CEO. “We are so proud of how our Future Professionals conducted themselves and their focus and dedication.”
We’re thrilled to announce that Charles and Sharon Riser, owners of The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School were recognized at the 2017 DoGood-er Awards as the year’s Business DoGood-ers.
The event seeks to recognize businesses, individuals or advocates who serve their communities and the people in it, by giving back in small to big ways. The event honored 14 DoGood-ers from the Frederick Community that were nominated and vetted by members of their community for their service.
“We are truly humbled and honored to have this distinction bestowed upon us,” said Sharon Riser, co-owner. “We’ve always believed in giving back to the community we live in and the staff and Future Professionals at The Temple are huge advocates of this as well. We are thrilled to be recognized in such good company.”
Caressa Flannery, founder of the event states, “Studies show that doing good and giving back in your community puts the focus on others and helps foster positive mental health. The DoGood-er Awards seek to recognize those in our community who selflessly give back to others individually, or through charitable organizations.”
Proceeds from the DoGood-er Awards event also helped support two local non-profit organizations – Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that helps fight childhood hunger on the weekends and the Up & Out Foundation, a group that assists in supporting those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction with resources and assistance through their journey.
We, at The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School, were truly honored to recently be able to give back to the caregivers of some of this country’s biggest heroes. With loved ones at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, these ladies deserved a little bit of pampering!