Making Essential Connections


Who would have thought that a beauty salon and a re-entry organization would make a long-lasting connection?

As we all know, masks and gloves have become a hot commodity during the chaotic times of COVID-19. One salon owner was able to turn the slow time of her business into productivity for Peaceprints of WNY.

From Dina Santos (LB '20), owner of Blu Spa
A few days ago Althea reached out to me to see if Blu Spa had any facemasks to donate to a friend in need. I thought of a few masks that were stuffed in drawers of nail stations and cabinets. Never imagining they would be worthy I headed to the salon to pick them up.

Not only did I find the used masks, I found half filled bottles of hand sanitizer, boxes of tissues, Lysol spray, head covers etc. I took whatever made sense to give!

Cindi who works for Peaceprints accepted this small donation. Two total strangers who made a connection in our paralyzed world made a little difference!

From Cindi McEachon (LB '16), Executive Director of Peaceprints
Peaceprints of WNY serves some of the most marginalized members of our society. Given this time of uncertainty, it was reassuring to know that our friends at Leadership Buffalo were able to step in and connect us with Blu Spa & Salon in West Seneca. Dina's generous donation of masks, gloves and sanitizing agents were a blessing to the residents of the Bissonette House, several of whom are above the age of 70. Buffalo is truly the City of good neighbors!