North campus employees coordinate hospital visit

From left, Simone Paisley, Gloria Young, and Tina Sanchez at Texas Children's Hospital.

Kudos to North campus cosmetology instructors Simone Paisley, Gloria Young, and Tina Sanchez who coordinated a recent volunteer effort at Texas Children’s Hospital, during which cosmetology students donated beauty services to help patients dealing with serious medical issues to enjoy a very special occasion.

A group of North campus cosmetology students spent several hours on a recent Sunday to help TCH renal dialysis patients get ready for an elegant prom, an event especially created for patients who seldom have a chance to enjoy special occasions.

The students set up three workstations on two separate floors at the hospital, working for a span of four hours to provide complete beauty treatments for the patients — pedicures, manicures, facials, and hair services.

The prom was held at the House of Dereon Media Center in downtown Houston. The patients were taken by limousine to the prom site, where they received a red-carpet welcome by waiting photographers. The prom included an elegant dinner, and dancing with a music mix presented by a disc jockey.

Tina Sanchez said the prom preparation activities meant a lot to the patients, and were also rewarding to the students.

“Many of the patients do not think they are very attractive when our students begin to work with them, but then that transformation starts to take place and by the time they are ready for the prom they feel really beautiful and special,” Sanchez said. “And it’s very rewarding to our students to bring about that transformation that makes someone so happy.”