Making someone’s life a little brighter
‘‘I have always wanted to help in anyway I could.’’
Two Matamata businesses are proving a little act of kindness can make a big difference.
Bobby-Jo Brewster, owner of quality used children’s clothing, toys and accessories store Twice Upon a Child, and Wendy Ross, owner operator of UBU Hair Salon have both started small initiatives to make people’s lives a bit better.
Brewster recently opened her Firth Street business Twice Upon a Child.
She has always felt inspired by others who perform acts of service and wanted to find a small way to do her part.
‘‘I have always wanted to help in anyway I could. Just before Christmas I saw a Facebook post of someone donating food, and I thought I could do that.’’
She recently got the ball rolling by asking people to drop off food donations for a local family who recently lost their home and belongings in a fire.
‘‘People can donate nonperishable food, or supermarket vouchers. They are items I know will be really needed and used wisely.’’
She also used her business as a drop off point for anyone who wanted to donate other household goods for the family.
Brewster said she wants to encourage people to nominate families or people in need of a food parcel.
Wendy Ross prefers the idea of paying it forward and uses her business to offer a bit of pampering to someone in need.
‘‘I have been doing it for years. On a Thursday when we do a longer shift, I thought if there is a half hour appointment available we may as well flick it off to somebody for free.
‘‘Why not make someones day. What goes around comes around.’’
She chooses the service, which can be from a hair conditioning treatment to eyebrow shape and wax.
She then uses her business Facebook page to encourage people to nominate someone who needs a pick me up.
‘‘I enjoy reading the nominations and so many of them touch my heart, it’s hard to choose so I choose at random. It’s just a little gift and hopefully they will pass it on.’’
Giving back is a huge part of who Ross is and she loves the opportunity.
‘‘Most people are touched, we have luck at choosing people who have never won anything. They are so grateful and thankful.’’
UBU owner Wendy Ross has always looked for ways to make others feel better. Bobby-Jo Brewster