The Neighborhood Girls, Cindy McGill and Mary Kay

January 21, 2010 at 12:26 am 5 comments

Living in a low income neighborhood has opened my eyes to the extent of good hearts that are out there. I’m following in the footsteps of my cousin’s wife, Michelle, who often covers customer service experiences on her blog. I’ve got a great one to share!

As Ryan and I started up the Computer Literacy Program in our neighborhood, I learned that I won a free Mary Kay pampering session for myself and friends in Virginia Beach. At first, I wasn’t all that gung ho about it. It was over an hour drive for me, I’m pretty short on female friends, and I already have a great supplier of Mary Kay products. But then I realized– this was an opportunity for an outing with the neighborhood girls! Sometimes I’m accused of not doing enough stuff with the girls. 🙂 So on November 7, I drove two thirteen year olds and an eighteen year old up to the Mary Kay Success Studio in Virginia Beach to get guzzied up.

I can not emphasis enough how sentimental of a day this ended up being for me. The Mary Kay representative who worked with us was named Cindy McGill and she was absolutely wonderful. She did the usual demonstrations of Satin Hands, Satin Lips, 3 in 1 Cleanser and the Timewise products. After that– she treated the girls to makeovers!

Cindy was informative and kind and full of compliments for the girls. I saw smiles and straightened postures and repeated peeks at mirrors. Cindy made them feel as every bit as lovely as I see them to be.

Mary Kay - Everyone
Our Girl Group at the Mary Kay Success Studio (Photo by Cindy McGill)

I tried to thank Cindy the best that I could, but found it to be another one of those pesky “more than I can adequately express” moments. There may be a reason I was so touched. Ryan and I had seen generosity towards the neighborhood kids before– old laptops, German chocolates, a day of jetskiing. Even though those people hadn’t met the kids, they knew Ryan and I. The thing that stood out about this day is Cindy was a stranger. Not only did she not know the kids, she didn’t even know me! .

The story isn’t over yet! After our visit, Cindy emailed and asked how many kids Ryan and I typically work with. I thought it was polite conversation, so I didn’t quite get around to replying in a timely fashion. That didn’t deter Cindy! She tracked me down by phone. It turns out she had a plan brewing.

She shipped us FREE products for ALL TWELVE kids in the Computer Literacy class!!!!!

The boys got a collection of MKMen products. Meanwhile the girls received Velocity products. Cindy even sent a present for me too– Satin Hands.

For the boys

For the girls

For Vicky

I got to hand everything out at the end of our Data, Information, Knowledge class. If you think Mary Kay is just for girls, think again. I was surrounded by boys and whenever a MKMen product emerged from the packing peanuts, hands would reach out and voices would volunteer, “I’m a boy! I’m a boy!”

Computer Literacy Program - Mary Kay
FREE Satin Hands!

And that is my Mary Kay story. I tell it with a full heart… and very soft hands.

One could even say “satiny” 🙂

Entry filed under: Computer Literacy Program, Elizabeth Furnace, Mary Kay, Neighborhood Kids, Virginia Beach.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Thomas  |  January 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Best ever!!!!!! Seriously.

  • 2. Sheryl  |  January 23, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Truly in the spirit of Mary Kay Ash – Seeing everyone with a sign around their neck that says, “Make me feel important.”

  • 3. Anne  |  January 24, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Was this the after picture? The girls look very nice, but why wasn’t there a before picture?

  • 4. tgaw  |  January 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    @Anne- I didn’t realize it was going to be such a blog-worthy experience. In addition, my camera was broken– the Mary Kay rep took the picture.

  • 5. Cindy McGill  |  February 25, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Someone actually just sent this article to me. You need to know what a BLESSING it was for ME to have that time with you and the girls and to be able to send those products. Have a very wonderful SPRING….Ready for the birds to be out..the trees to start growing and New dreams to come alive!!

    Many blessings to you and Ryan for all you do!! Love Cindy


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