Single mom gets a much-deserved day off thanks to thoughtful customer, PIX11

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HARLEM, Manhattan – Shakera Banyan can be found most days at Banyan Tree Daycare, where she watches up to six feisty, energetic little ones every single day.

It’s an exhausting job and she never gets a day off.

So a PIX11 News viewer whose child Banyan watches reached out to us to give her a pampered day. Her dream, we were told, is to be by herself and get a facial.

We met her at the park Wednesday. She thought we were doing a story on her small business – then we surprised her with a special treatment from Red Door by Elizabeth Arden.

We were so happy to make this happen for Shakera. If you want us to make it happen for you, email

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