Mak­ing some­one’s life a lit­tle brighter

Matamata Chronicle - - Property - REXINE HAWES

‘‘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.’’

REXINE HAWES

UBU owner Wendy Ross has al­ways looked for ways to make oth­ers feel bet­ter. Bobby-Jo Brew­ster

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