The day-to-day grind of snipping, styling and coloring one client after another took on a whole new meaning for a group of stylists and staff from Ground Zero South this past summer, who tapped into a whole new market of style seekers at the Ronald McDonald Camp.
On August 18, a group of five from the South Philadelphia location of the successful city-based salon group first started by Wendy Weinstein, who is the owner of Ground Zero South, traveled to Camp Timber Top in the Pocono Mountains to help more than 75 campers prepare for the annual talent show and dance.
Stylists gave haircuts, blowdrys and applied make-up as one of the daily activities campers could sign up for. Free cosmetics and CDs were given to the kids from money that some generous Ground Zero South clients had donated to the salon.
Weinstein, who is also actively involved in City of Hope, a national organization that benefits cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses, first became interested in participating after her client for the past 22 years mentioned that he volunteered.
“These kids are such an inspiration,” said Weinstein. “We’re really looking forward to making this a yearly event.”
Ronald McDonald Camp is a free one-week getaway for kids ages 7 – 17 that are undergoing or have been treated for cancer and one of their siblings. Activities include everything from fishing to theater games – and now salon services.
Ground Zero South, 700 E. Passyunk Ave., 215.925.4222; www.groundzerosalons.com/gzs