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Woman Holds Event to Help Underprivileged Girls, A Day of Hair, Nails, and Pampering

SPRING HILL – Amid the divisions between people of different faiths, races, gender, and lifestyles, we sometimes discover those who set aside their differences and open their hearts to help those less fortunate.

During a recent nail appointment at the Polish Bar on Deltona Blvd, Jenna Breit mentioned an idea to one of the owners about helping underprivileged and single-parent family girls with a day of manicures, makeup, and glitter. Jenna says before she could even finish her sentence, one of the owners, Johnathon Olvera said “DONE!, Its DONE!” Overjoyed with Johnathon’s response, Jenna reached out to several other businesses to see if they could contribute as well. Jenna says Outback Steakhouse provided lunch free of charge to 25 of her guests, Dunkin Donuts provided doughnuts, Murphey’s Market supplied fruit baskets, Tutti Fruttis supplied frozen yogurt, and Jae’s Beauty Bar provided hair braiding, eyebrow threading, glitter, and much more. Jenna, was almost in tears when she explained how generous everyone was in helping make the event possible, and on Saturday, the event went off without a hitch.Jenna pointed out one very deserving teenage girl who over the last few years has suffered more tragedy than any young girl should have to endure.

17-year-old Lauren Gambino lost her father to an asthma attack back in 2014 and her mother, Tara LaVolpe Gambino says it took a long time for her to recover from the grief. Tara says her daughter still sleeps in her father’s robe and has panic attacks every time she hears sirens. Lauren witnessed rescue workers perform CPR on her father and then had to say goodbye three days later, when her mother made the decision to remove him from life-support.But Tara says her daughter started to turn things around after joining JROTC, and now she volunteers at her a local pediatrician’s office 10-hours per week, and helps raise money for a 3-year-old leukemia patient.

Many of the young girls who attended are from broken families or barely have the funds to make ends meet, so Jenna thought a day of pampering would “empower and build their confidence.”

Jenna plans to continue the event at least every three months and says she may expand the candidates to victims of domestic violence and the elderly.

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  • How about instead of “pampering”, nails etc… how about taking the girls behind the scenes and showing them the work it takes to become a proud self sufficient businesswoman?
    You know the saying about “giving a man a fish vs teaching a man to fish”…

    Friday, 14 April 2017, 3:40 pm
  • Just when I am losing faith in the whole of humanity, people like this always step forward to make a difference in other people’s lives. It is really something, to see others go out of their way to help out. Bravo to all of you who made this happen for these girls.

    Such acts of kindness extend far beyond these girls but to the community as well Thank you kindly.

    Thursday, 13 April 2017, 1:12 pm
  • very nice story tom and thanks to the businesses for getting involved. a big thanks to all the people involved as its good to know people care in such a way.

    Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 6:19 am
  • It was our pleasure to host the event (Beauty Brunch) it was so amazing to meet all of these young ladies and get to know their story and where they come from. Each and every single one of these kids have a story, whether it be one of struggle or one of them doing amazing community work. Our goal was to give them a day of pampering, give them a day of knowing that there are people out there who truly care about them, even if they don’t know it. Our main goal with this event was to empower these young women, letting them know that no matter the struggle they face with hard work and determination they can do anything they put their minds to. And I can confidently say we did that. And I am so thankful to all of the sponsors and contributors, they truly made the day unforgettable for these ladies. And a very special thanks to Jenna, without her this day wouldn’t of been the same.
    -Johnathon Olvera, Co-Owner of The Polish Bar

    Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 12:28 am
  • Good heartfelt story Tom and RNRF.If only for a coulple of hours I would bet those children were happy and stress free.A special thanks to all that made this day possible for these children

    Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 11:38 pm
  • This just shows that there are some wonderful people in this world who do amazing things for others.

    Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 10:41 pm
  • Just Cause, you are A “Negative Nelly”, please keep your negative comments to yourself! Can we vote him/her off of the island??? ?… Thank you Tom for reporting such A heart felt story!!! Thank you to the volunteers that made this day happen for these young girls!!

    Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 10:30 pm
    • I 2nd that lol

      Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 7:56 am
  • Wonderful to read a GOOD story for a change. It takes so little to be kind and make a difference in someones life.. Kudos to Ms. Jenna and all the folks who lent a hand 🙂 A little kindness and a manicure can sure make the day brighter !! AND it’s nice not to see snarky , rude comments !!!

    Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 8:56 pm
  • Finally some sweet NEWS! Love it- had I heard I’d been there.
    Just wonderful and a wonderful cause!
    Our community needs more of this for those that need it. Thank you..
    There are so many people that are in NEED– this is something that most never get a chance…we all need a little TLC.
    A very nice story Tom Thanks …

    Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 8:28 pm
    • I hate to be the party spoiler here, if this event was for UNDERPRIVILEGED kids, why R there 12 adults & only 4 kids at the outback lunch?? ? Lunch for her & her friends was SO good their gonna do it every 3 months huh? & as far as under privileged ? Really?? I’m from a ghetto in the north & these kids R FAR from underprivileged . They all have shoes on there feet I see, many kids don’t. & all seem to have bathed. Maybe we should of had a free lunch for the homeless people who’s camp burned down. Maybe get Walmart to throw in some well NEEDED shoes. & give em a haircut & bath!!! Let’s get behind a REAL cause here if we’re gonna get righteous !! These woman can buy there own lunch & post em on Facebook instead of the darn news!!!! & Tom , u shouldn’t be posting pics of the kid who’s dad past. Poor taste buddy.

      Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 9:06 pm
        • God Bless you Tom for sharing this amazing story. Let this story be a starting points such as other causes be helped… I pray for the negativity and that their heart will show them the way to start out an event for those mentioned. There are soo many people that need help.. Please if you can follow Jennas lead and start your own.. You will be a blessing to others.

          Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 11:12 pm
      • There always has to be a negative person when someone else does something out of kindness, Some of the girls were teenagers being that it was for up to age 17. Maybe you should have your facts straight before commenting. You were not there and have no idea what any of those kids have been through.

        Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 9:25 pm
        • Shut up U GASH !!!

          Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 2:41 am
      • I am the mother of that child and Tom has my permission. You may not see them in the picture but all of the girls WERE @ outbacks except for 1. Not a single one of those people were a personal friend of Jenna’s. I am HONORED that my child was selected as one of the girls because of all that she has been thru and she still finds it in her heart to give back when so much has been taken from her! you have NO CLUE what any of these girls have been thru so u have no right to judge because they clean & have shoes! Smh

        Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 9:30 pm
      • Completely unnecessary for your comments. Underprivileged definition- “(of a person) not enjoying the same standard of living or rights as the majority of people in a society.” the article is not saying people that are extremely poor or anything of that nature as you express. The majority of people in society go out to eat and some get their hair and nails done. Instead of complaining how about helping out people in need? It’s ridiculous that you are bitching about nice gestures of people who went above and beyond to make these kids feel important. Everyone has their own struggles so why are you trying to compare one issue with a different one? I am grateful and happy there are kind, decent people that would do amazing things like this for kids. We need to do this more often!

        Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 10:07 pm
      • Actually, they are my friends. They became my friends on Saturday. These amazing girls I have never met became part of my extended family. Make no mistake about it. These girls (contrary to your belief) are angels. The purpose of this event was to ensure these sweet girls know that they have friends in the community who love them, want to encourage them and will cheer them on in their endeavors.

        Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 10:25 pm
        • Jenna you are such a beautiful soul with such a loving heart May God bless you and may you continue to make a difference in the lives of these young girls..

          Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 11:07 pm
      • I agree. I come from a trailer park. Where a good night would be no cops in the park. I still live in the trailer park and if there isnt a shooting at least once a night its a good night.

        Friday, 12 May 2017, 10:53 pm

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