GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - To three special ladies, it’s just a little something they enjoy doing every week, but to the residents of Ascension Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Gonzales, it means more than these ladies will ever know.
Ms. Clive Brown, Cyndi Moinot, and Agnes Brignac style hair for the residents of Ascension Oaks every week. In fact, they volunteer their time and talent, and donate all necessary supplies, twice a week.
“My mother lives here,” explained David Frederic, who contacted WAFB’s Hand It On program.
“When mom came to live here, there were beauticians who did hair. I asked if they could do mom’s hair and they said yes. Well, when I asked how much the style would be, they said it was free,” said Frederic.
“They come every Wednesday and Thursday now. And they volunteer their time. They’re here 'til two, three, four o’clock, sometimes five o’clock in the afternoon, and on their feet all day. And they don’t get paid for it at all. They do this out of the goodness of their heart. And I just thought they should have something,” he added.
And this is something these ladies do every single week and have never missed a day in years.
“One lady’s been doing it for about eight years, the other one for about four years, and one about a year-and-a-half,” Frederic explained.
And for the residents? For many, this is the highlight of their week.
"Oh, they love it,” said Frederic, describing how they line up for their wash, cut, and style.
“They line up in the morning. Well, they used to line up because there was ... they were doing about 50 people a day. So, they’d have to line up early, like seven in the morning,” he noted.
“But now, they do a lottery system where each resident is given a number. As their number comes up, the staff either goes and gets them or some of them still stay in line,” he explained.
When Frederic shared this story with our Hand It On team, we agreed to meet him at Ascension Oaks and surprise these special beauticians.
“Ladies,” Frederic began as he entered the style room.
“I just want to let y’all know that everybody here appreciates what you do because y’all do, y’all volunteer every week. And from Channel 9 and the facility, we’d like to present y’all with the Hand It On award,” he said as he handed Brown three crisp, new $100 bills.
“I’d like to give this to you to do whatever you wish with it,” he said.
“Oh, that’s wonderful,” exclaimed Brown, as she accepted the gift on behalf of the other two ladies.
“Thank you so much! We really appreciate it and we’re going to put it right back in here!” she added.
“I thought you might,” was Frederic’s reply.
To nominate someone, or an organization, for Hand It On, send an e-mail to HandItOn@wafb.com. And make sure to include your contact information, especially your phone number.