No matter who it is, we all need a little self care. However, the truth is that many do not have the means to treat themselves to something as simple, but soothing as a manicure. So for those who do not have the means Nails of Love allots that treat! Myself, along with any volunteers I can gather together, go to our local soup kitchen and set up shop.
The recipients are prompted to wish their hands first.
They are then given a hand massage by a volunteer while engaging in conversation.
The volunteers gave each other massages because their hands were hunting from giving massages to the recipients. But not once did a volunteer ask for a break.
Recipients are then able to pick a color and given a professional level manicure (some of the volunteer are actually licensed manicurist).
I was challenged. One recipient said ” I don’t think you can do anything for these hands” After talking to him about 30 minutes trying to convince him to let me try, he did. I worked HARD on these nails, put some good ol’ elbow grease in it. Well, all that work paid off! Look at the before and after! In addition he explained that his hands had been so cramped from working so much and the hand massage loosened them up greatly.
The smiles, sincere gratitude and conversation with all the recipients truly, truly, make it all worth it!
Thank you to each and every volunteer who gave of themselves to give to others.