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San Mar girls getting glamorous

July 31, 2010|By HEATHER LOWERY

BOONSBORO -- Francine Ngongang, a graduate student at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown who originally is from West Africa, is coordinating a volunteer event involving girls at San Mar Children's Home near Boonsboro.

Ngongang is working with Lanie Kinze, owner of Crystal Lenz Photography, to perform a glamour photo shoot session with the girls at San Mar.

The event began as a school project, but grew with the help of Kinze and the cooperation of the children's home.

"As part of a school project last semester, we did a fundraiser for San Mar Children's Home," Ngongang said. "We were able to raise $500 and I presented that to San Mar in May."

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After the school project was complete, Ngongang contacted Kinze and together, they set up a glamour photo shoot for the girls at the home.

"We are going to give them a glamour shoot that is built around each girl's personality. They are going to have special lighting and special backdrop," Kinze said. "Everything we treat our glamour customers with, these girls are going to get."

Kinze said Arbonne Makeup will provide the girls with makeup for the shoot.

Ngongang and Kinze hope the girls will walk away from the photo shoot with more confidence.

"We hope that in the future, they will feel beautiful and know how beautiful they can be," Kinze said.

"We are trying to help them build up their self-esteem," Ngongang said.

Ngongang said she always has had a special place in her heart for volunteering.

"It is part of my lifelong dream," she said. "I've always wanted to help people and do things for others."

As part of Cameroon Student Union (CSU), Ngongang has some practice helping people.

"I am a board member of CSU, and we try to collect things from local organizations and we send them to people in Third World countries," she said. "This is my passion. Helping people is something that I enjoy."

Kinze will be donating equipment and her expertise to the event.

"It's going to be fun for them," she said.

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