Mary Kay Gives Back During Global Month of Service

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DALLAS, Apr 10, 2012 -- Thousands of “Mary Kay family members” in more than 35 countries helped their fellow neighbors by volunteering more than 197,010 hours of community service -- or more than 22 years of service valued at more than $4 million* (USD) -- around the world in one month to celebrate International Women’s Day. Mary Kay employees, independent sales force members -- as well as their family, friends and the general public -- joined together to make a beautiful difference worldwide during the Mary Kay Global Month of Service, March 8- April 8, 2012.

From the young to the young at heart, and the indoors to the outdoors, Mary Kay’s service spanned the globe, including volunteers who:

-- United States: Lifted the spirits of domestic violence survivors during a day of beauty with pampering makeovers, joyful entertainment and inspirational encouragement.

-- Russia: Put smiles on orphans’ faces during fun “play days.”

-- Kazakhstan: Shared warmth and laughter with the elderly at special karaoke events.

-- China: Beautified the environment and removed carbon dioxide in urban settings by planting trees.

-- Brazil: Brought joy to disadvantaged children by playing games with them.

-- Ukraine: Spruced up five cities in one day across Ukraine by cleaning up parks during a “green celebration.”

-- India: Empowered orphan children by teaching them computer skills.

-- Korea: Educated citizens across Korea on the importance of giving blood and where to make donations.

-- Mexico: Increased citizens’ well-being by painting and cleaning run-down buildings.

“Mary Kay Ash always said, ‘Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, Make me feel important.’ Through our Global Month of Service, we are touching lives and showing people in need that they are important -- and that’s priceless,” said Sheryl Adkins-Green, Executive Vice President of Mary Kay Inc. “Making a positive impact in local communities has always been an important part of the Mary Kay culture. We are very humbled by the overflowing generosity of our independent sales force, employees, family and friends as we celebrate International Women’s Day and the contributions of women.”

Community Support Throughout the Years

The Mary Kay Global Month of Service serves as one of the many examples of the company’s long-standing commitment to supporting our communities around the world. Since the company started in 1963, Mary Kay has emphasized the importance of giving back to others. Whether changing the lives of women and children around the world through charitable activities or finding ways to be even more sustainable and green, Mary Kay is making a difference in our communities where we live and work.