CINCINNATI - Stylists from the Valenti Salon and Spa visited Cincinnati's Ronald McDonald House on Monday to give guests a little pampering.
Patients being treated at Children's Hospital received free haircuts, manicures and spa treatments. Family members also received makeovers.
Event organizers describe the Ronald McDonald house as a home away from home for families with critically ill children. Close to 1,100 families are served each year.
Elise Hyder, director of volunteers, said the day of pampering is a treat for those involved because some families are financially burdened with health care costs.
"They're going through a really difficult time and to have our lobby turn into a salon is so much fun," she said. "It brings a lot of great energy. It's a nice way to be pampered."
Hyder added many of the families live out of town and are not sure where to go to receive those services. The Valenti staff also made brunch.
"You can imagine being away from home and having someone cook you a home-cooked meal is such a wonderful treat, and it makes our families feel special and cared for," Hyder said.
This community outreach is part of the "Valenti Cares Month" initiative.
The salon, which has two locations in Mariemont and Anderson, began partnering with the house more than 10 years ago and host fundraising year-round.
Sarah DuMont, the salon's marketing assistant, said she's excited to see the children's reactions once they get a new haircut.
"It's a chance for us to do something great for the people who need it the most. This has become very close to our hearts," she said.
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