When Heather Frederickson's 7-year-old daughter, Olivia, suggested making fashion products to help a local nonprofit, she knew she was onto something.
But neither Heather nor Olivia were ready to sew oodles of handbags or craft other products. They instead decided to combine forces and offer a service befitting Heather's talents—makeup application.
A professional makeup artist for the past decade, Heather is now connecting with youth via her and Olivia's independent give-back initiative, Pretty on the Inside and Out. Through the program, kids and teens can learn about or get their makeup done at no cost, as long as they agree to make a donation—whether it be time, money or items—to PAWS Animal Shelter in Tinley Park.
"We are in desperate need for adult volunteers for all shifts," the PAWS website states. "All our volunteers are not paid, not because they are worthless but because they are priceless."
Volunteer duties include cleaning cages, feeding, medicating, socializing and grooming the shelter's cats and dogs. Kids must be 14 years old to volunteer, so the Fredericksons suggest younger children donate items or raise money after getting their makeup done.
The mother-daughter team had her first "Pretty on the Inside and Out" taker last week in 15-year-old Hannah Winston.
"I think it's a great idea," Hannah said, while Heather applied foundation on her face. "I already have spent 36 hours volunteering at PAWS but this will give me another reason to do more."
In exchange for the service, Olivia suggested Hannah donate blankets, towels, bleach bottles, office supplies and stamps—all items on the PAWS wish list. Young Olivia hopes to recruit many groups of friends to her cause.
"Even if they do something small, it can help in a big way," she said. "People could always clean cages or walk the dogs."
Watch the accompanying video to see Heather and Olivia in action. If you're interested in having your makeup done or hosting a Pretty on the Inside and Out party, call Heather at 708-717-5352 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to "meet" more remarkable Tinley residents? Consider reading Resident Says Life-Saving Act is 'Something I'd do for Anyone' or Clowning Around: Tinley Woman Paints on a Smile For Hospital Patients.
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