Baton Rouge, Louisiana (March 1, 2013) — Brooke Watson, the manager of Pigtails & Crewcuts Baton Rouge, will be honored Monday, March 4 for her time volunteering to help sick children. For the last four years, Watson has spent her free time painting kids’ nails and styling their hair at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. Now, WAFB 9 News is recognizing her impact in its “Hand It On” segment.
“I feel so blessed and loved,” said Watson. “I do this to help the kids out, and for them to honor me, it feels amazing. I’m so grateful for it.”
As the manager at Pigtails & Crewcuts, Watson’s job is to make kids happy. She works at a kid-centric salon, where children sit in airplane- and automobile-shaped chairs, watch movies and play with toys and video games during haircuts. Working in such a smile-filled environment, Watson decided she wanted to give back to the community, and help kids outside of the salon feel better about themselves. She began making occasional hospital visits to do just that. Before she knew it, she was going every month, and even responding to the hospital’s on-call requests for her help. Through it all, she says she’s met countless kids who inspire her with their strength and spirit.
“It’s the least I can do,” said Watson. “Every time I go in there, I see those little girls sitting on a hospital bed, knowing they don’t feel good at all. And yet, with some nail paint or a haircut, they’re smiling by the time I leave. It feels really good to know that I’m the one who put that smile on that child’s face.”
The weekly “Hand It On” segment relies on the community to nominate someone who has done a good deed. Watson’s nomination came from a nurse at the hospital, who is also a customer at Pigtails & Crewcuts. In addition to appearing on the news segment, Watson will receive $300.
“My volunteer experience has taught me a lot, and I’m forever grateful,” said Watson. “I hope that through this news segment, other people realize that little things can make a big difference. Something as small as painting a little girl’s nails can change her week.”
Watson’s “Hand It On” segment will air Monday, March 4 at 10 p.m. and Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. on WAFB News 9.
About Pigtails & Crewcuts
Founded in 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia, Pigtails & Crewcuts is a children’s hair salon franchise dedicated to making haircuts fun and stress-free for young patrons and their parents. With more than 30 locations across the nation, Pigtails & Crewcuts specializes in quality haircuts for boys and girls of all ages, and also hosts children’s parties. In 2010, Parents Magazine named Pigtails & Crewcuts one of the Top 10 Chains for Kid Birthday Parties. In addition, Pigtails & Crewcuts has been named to the “Franchise 500” list as a top franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine for five consecutive years. To learn more, go to pigtailsandcrewcuts.com.
Brooke Watson, (225) 929-5686
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