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Hair Salon for Moms of High-Risk Newborns

Sarah Pulley knows what moms are going through when their babies are in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Riley Children’s Hospital. She knows because she’s been there herself. Sarah said, “When Amelia contracted a virus, she was transferred to Riley Children’s Health. We’re very familiar with those walls.”

As a way of giving back, she began volunteering at the hospital, and was excited when she heard that one of the charities was interested in providing pampering opportunities for moms with babies in the NICU. Since she runs her own hair salon, she was able to donate one of her salon chairs and use her contacts to arrange for the donation of hair products worth hundreds of dollars.

Now, using her hair styling skills, she offers free hair and scalp treatments to moms at the “Beauty Bar” of the Ronald McDonald Family Room Maternity Tower at the hospital. She said, “We shampoo, blow dry and give scalp massages on the second Wednesday of each month. You completely lose all sense of yourself when you have a baby in the NICU. My first mom completely relaxed in the chair; she just closed her eyes and breathed. My second was completely exhausted.”

Pulley wants the moms who sit in her chair to receive an infusion of joy and hope. “I want them to know, ‘you got this.’ There is hope in my story because my daughter is thriving. We made it.”

Possible Preaching Angle:

We demonstrate the love of Jesus when we care for strangers who are in distress.

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