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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