Cosmetology Students Use Talents to Help Others

By Somer Hanson/Clover Park Technical College

Daniel Bacon and Misty Winesberry believe talents are best when shared with others.

The Clover Park Technical College Cosmetology students had a special opportunity to share their craft with a client in hospice care. In early February South Hill resident Alan Mershon contacted CPTC's Personal Care Service Center to ask if a student would visit his home to provide a haircut for his daughter, Sunny Day Holcomb, who is in the advanced stages of Multiple Sclerosis. Bacon was delighted to volunteer and asked Winesberry to join him.

"I feel that if you're blessed with a talent, why keep it held within?" Bacon said. "Go out and share it with the world."

Bacon wanted to make the visit special for Holcomb. He brought flowers and dedicated the day to making sure she felt beautiful. Since she couldn't leave the house for a haircut, the students brought the salon experience to her. While Bacon cut her hair, Winesberry gave her a manicure and pedicure.

"She loved being pampered," Mershon said. "She enjoyed their company and loves her hairstyle. The whole experience was just great."

It was emotional for the family and the students to see Holcomb's joy from the experience. Winesberry connected with Holcomb when she learned they were close to the same age, and they had the chance to meet Holcomb's 11-year-old son.

The students left the home humbled and grateful for their visit, and are already planning Holcomb's next haircut.

"It's important to be open to giving back in ways that are unexpected," said Winesberry, who graduates this quarter. "Find ways to use your talents to really help others."

The experience for Bacon and Winesberry is another testament to their selflessness as student cosmetologists. When Bacon placed first in the 2014 Midsummer Night's Hair Show, he gave Winesberry his $1,000 scholarship to go toward her student loans.

Every other weekend Bacon travels to Seattle with his barber kit and walks the streets to provide haircuts for the homeless.

"He goes out of his way to help people," Mershon said.