When we first started Shear Kindness in Aug of 2008, we had the idea of getting one salon committed to serving one location in need regularly. Now almost a year and a half later Mia Bella has sucessfully been serving and building relationships with the children and women at Restoration Village. As we continue those relationships, it is also our goal to branch out by connecting other salons in the area with others in need to serve them on a regular basis.
We also have many other long term goals and some one hit wonders on the drawing board. Right now we have so many people who could benefit from our gifts and services, just not enough stylists yet committed to serving on a more regular basis.
Some of projects we are working on currently are…
- Our main Shear Kindness events that we do quarterly for the women and children of Restoration Village.
- The iPROMise event held at Prom time which enables girls who cannot afford to go prom or pay for the things that are involved with going to prom, such as dress, make-up, hair, dinner, tickets.
- Teaming up with Laundry Love. I started a few months a go going to Rogers Laundry Love and setting up a chair and cutting kids hair at this event. Next we would love to have one stylist at each Laundry love location in Northwest Arkansas to meet the needs in different areas!
- Once a year before schools starts we participate in an event called Kids Blitz at The Samaritan Center & United Way. We bring stylist in to cut the kids hair for school.
- Another event on the table is called Cuts for Community, where one day several salons will raise money for Shear Kindness. A portion of a whole days earnings will go to help families who ordinarily cant afford to pay for their kids to have professional haircuts, and help women from abused situations get their hair done as well.
So, that’s what is currently in the works, and we would love for anyone interested in getting involved to let us know so we can chat.
For more information on how to get involved, please visit the Shear Kindness initiative page or send an email to ShearKindness@CobblestoneProject.org
We had the opportunity to sit and chat with Chandra Perkins, the owner of Mia Bella Salon in Bentonville and founding partner of Shear Kindness, to hear her story and reflections on the initiative she and Brittney Moore created as a way to serve those in need.
Shear Kindness started in Aug of 2008 (click for story), and was created as a way of providing professional salon treatment to women and children who are in a crisis time of their lives, specifically those who come from backgrounds of abuse and neglect.
Shear Kindness started with a haircut but it has become about so much more. Through this idea people are acting with the hope of becoming a part of the healing process through the restoration of outer beauty. However, the true motivation is the desire to restore the inner beauty and to reveal the greater image that lives within us all.
One year later, Shear Kindness is now moving forward thanks to many stylists just like Chandra, countless volunteers and gracious supports. It’s a total team effort and we look forward to sharing their stories in the months to come.
For more information on how to get involved in Shear Kindness, you may visit the Initiative page or send an email to ShearKindness@CobblestoneProject.org.
This past Saturday, we were granted the special gift of celebrating Easter with our beloved friends at Restoration Village.
There is something very symbolic about celebrating Easter at Restoration Village and it is easy to get lost in their story of working to restore lives to what they were intended to be. Not sure there’s much in life more meaningful than that…
It was beautiful day in the valley as Spring was beginning to show, the shine was shining and all you could hear was the sound of children playing…life as it was intended to be.
When you stop and pause for just a moment and just enjoy life like that…it brings peace. So, it really was a gift that we received in just being able to be there that day. And, thanks to the efforts of some incredible students a few weeks before, what was supposed to be our normal service day turned into just a time to relax.