Woman donates 45k lipsticks to domestic violence shelters to empower the women & boost their confidence
By Logan Wamsley
We all know that real beauty is within, but sometimes recognizing that beauty takes a little bit of coaxing.
When Sheryl Kurland began hearing the stories of dozens of women while volunteering at the local women’s domestic violence shelter in Longwood, Florida, she recognized just how much coaxing some of them needed to remember how Majical they really are.
And Sheryl decided to do something about it.
“As I looked at these women and got to know them, I saw how hollow vacant they felt,” said Sheryl. “Words cannot begin to describe the destruction that abuse causes, both emotionally and physically. I wanted to find some special way to bring back the ‘woman’ in them.”
As she thought about how she could help, she turned to some old wisdom passed down from her mother: If you want to feel better, put on a little lipstick.
Sheryl, who would lead workshops to help women rebuild their lives following the trauma of abuse, started bringing tubes of lipstick to give to the participants.
“At the end of the program, I would give them away as a ‘thank you for coming’ memento,” said Sheryl.
“The aura of the women completely transformed, their pain lifted replaced by joy and happiness! They helped each other pick the right color and were immersed in the moment. I say they discovered their ‘fabulosity!’” She added.
The gesture was so successful, Sheryl decided to multiply her efforts a thousand fold by launching Find Your Fabulosity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women rediscover their voice, their identity, and their real beauty inside and out.
Today, Find Your Fabulousity has over 50 volunteers who collect lipstick donations to send to nearly 200 domestic violence shelters throughout the U.S. To date, the number of lipsticks donated through Find Your Fabulosity stands at over 45,000!
The reactions from women have been overwhelming, and every day Sheryl hears something new to inspire her.
“After getting her new lipstick at the end of a workshop,” said Sheryl, “one woman, a victim of domestic violence, confided in me, ‘Sheryl, I was just starting to feel good enough about myself to want to wear some makeup again. The first thing I wanted to purchase is lipstick, but I have no money. Thank you so much.’”
In some cases, the amount of confidence gained from something so small surprised even Sheryl.
“When I first started buying lipsticks myself, I intentionally bought rather demure colors, nothing outstanding,” she said, “I didn’t want to make the women feel uncomfortable. However, multiple times, as the women were picking their lipsticks, I was asked, ‘Do you have any red? Hot pink? Purple?’ It made me realize these women ‘still have it going on’ despite all they’ve been through. So, now we include the entire rainbow of lipstick colors in our collecting endeavor!”
“To the typical woman, putting on lipstick gives her an instant boost,” said Sheryl. “It’s a feeling of empowerment and confidence. To a victim of domestic violence, a new lipstick means even more, it’s a tool that helps a victim be able to look in the mirror and begin to love herself.”
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