A Vernon woman has sent 20 pink packages of makeup and skincare products to homeless women and sex trade workers around the city, and she plans to donate more in the future. (Submitted Photo)

Entrepreneur gives Vernon’s homeless women a boost

The woman says she’ll continue to package and send out bags of products from her self-run business

Bright pink makeup bags made their way to homeless women and sex trade workers around Vernon last week, courtesy of one Vernon resident who wants to help them obtain something not normally found in donation boxes: confidence.

Tabitha has lived in Vernon her whole life and has been through hard times herself in the past. Now she owns a small beauty box company out of her home, and instead of launching a new line this month, she decided to put her products into personalized packages and donate them to underprivileged women in the community.

(Tabitha chose to conceal her last name so as to preserve her anonymity while she continues to make donations).

“These women sleep and survive with nothing over their heads,” said Tabitha. “It’s nice for women to feel like women every once in a while.”

Tabitha called several local groups involved with helping the street-entrenched or underprivileged populations, but they told her they could only drop off the packages at assisted living houses.

Read More: Vernon’s homeless camps aren’t a mirage

Wanting to give to those without provided housing, Tabitha arranged a drop-off herself.

She sent out 20 bags to women in Vernon, each one stuffed with brand new eye shadow, a hairbrush, lipstick and skincare products, among other luxury items. She guesses the value of each bag to be about $60 or more.

“The makeup I put together is all high-end makeup,” said Tabitha. “The stuff I put in those bags are easy and simple, and it’s all uplifting stuff.”

Tabitha tailored the bags for women who don’t have regular bathroom access.

“I made sure it was all grab-and-go stuff,” she explained.

Read More: Okanagan mothers to share grief, spread awareness for Overdose Day

What’s more, it’s not the first time she’s donated in this way. Since getting into makeup two years ago Tabitha has given out personalized beauty kits to women she encounters who she feels could use one. She describes one example of an upstairs neighbour who was in distress.

“There was a lady upstairs who was fighting with her husband and the police came, and it happened a few times. She needed a boost, so I just knocked on her door and left one outside the door for her.”

Tabitha plans to send out more bags from her own collection of products, using a different coloured bag each time.

“I’ll keep doing it. I’m not going to say when and I’m not going to announce it or say where they’re going,” she said. “I like surprising people.”

She also wants to make sure that people don’t congregate around a certain area, and new women receive bags each time.

Now six years clean, happily married and running her own business, Tabitha posits herself as an example for those who feel trapped in street-entrenched life.

“I did it, and they can too.”

While Tabitha says she enjoys the feeling of helping others, she wished to maintain her anonymity so as to keep the focus on those in need.

“This wasn’t about me, this was about the street-level women and making them feel like women, even for one moment.”

Read More: Homelessness, open drug use continue to plague Vernon


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

Just Posted

Vernon Search and Rescue member grateful for help after fire

Trevor Honigman and wife displaced after fire severely damaged their new-to-them BX home Dec. 5

Sagmoen’s arrest was valid, Vernon RCMP officers say

Curtis Sagmoen saga continued Tuesday with defence counsel questioning validity of warrant

Tax increase allows for more firefighters in Vernon

City of Vernon councillors approved a 4.91 per cent tax increase in 2020

Truck fire spreads to property in gated Vernon community

A loud bang rang out as flames spread to the grass

RCMP traffic services moves to Falkland to slow down speeders

Falkland detachment to serve as new HQ for RCMP’s North Okanagan Traffic Services

B.C. woman charged in connection to stolen vehicle smash-up in Kamloops

Kersten Ina Peters was arrested in the Fraser Valley on Friday, Dec. 6

B.C. patients wait 41% longer than national average to see a walk-in doctor: Medimap

The longest wait time was found in Sidney, B.C., where patients waited an average of 180 minutes

Toronto Raptors, Don Cherry top the list of Canadians’ Google searches in 2019

‘Champions’ was the theme of the last year, Google said

Morning start: Did you know there is a Scottish tartan designed for Mars exploration?

Your morning start: Fun fact, weather, and video of the day

Trans-Canada closed east of Golden

An update will be provided at 8:30 a.m.

Tavares scores twice as Maple Leafs earn 4-1 win over Canucks

Vancouver sees two-game win streak snapped

UPDATED: No survivors in Gabriola Island plane crash: RCMP

Coroner confirms multiple fatalities after small plane goes down Tuesday night near Nanaimo

VIDEO: Harbour Air makes history with first electric aircraft test flight

Successful flight marks first of its kind in the world

The Grinch who Stole a Hedge: Security camera captures Chilliwack tree theft

RCMP arrives as person calmly walks away with tree in downtown area

Most Read