Fundraiser at Pa. studio a cut above

October 03, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in August, but just as important to many of them was the loss of the jobs and income they need to get back on their feet.

That includes about 300 Holiday Hair stylists at more than 40 salons destroyed when the hurricane slammed into the Gulf sates, according to Nicole Brown, assistant manager at Holiday Hair at 875 Lincoln Way West.

On Sunday, when the business normally is closed, half a dozen stylists were on their feet clipping hair in a cut-a-thon to benefit the employees of those salons.


"We have chains all over," Brown said Sunday. "The ones down South, they lost their homes and their stores."

In two hours, the volunteer stylists raised $190 for the Holiday Heroes Fund, established by the chain years ago to help employees who have experienced hardships, Brown said. The store's goal was $150, she said.

"I usually come in during the week, but my daughter told me ... they were having a cut-a-thon," said Lloyd Spoonhour of Chambersburg. He brought along two other daughters, Alexis, 10, and Serena, 11, to take advantage of the $10 cuts, which normally cost $15.

"They treat you good and they cut hair good and I think it's a pretty good idea what they are doing," Spoonhour said as he got a trim. Serena's reasons for coming along were a bit more practical.

"I needed my bangs trimmed," she said as stylist Paula Sellers clipped away.

"They need all the help they can get," David Shaffer of Chambersburg said of the hurricane victims as he got a little off the sides and his goatee removed by Christine Travers.

Paula Schell of Chambersburg came with her daughter but was unaware the salon was raising money for Katrina victims.

"My husband is in the military, so anything that can help anybody else out, I'm on the ball," said Schell, who said her husband is deployed in Iraq. "It's hard being away from him for so long," she said.

Travers said Holiday Hair salons in the area hold fundraisers and benefits for other causes. The Wayne Avenue salon recently raised money for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter. Next Sunday, the salon in Waynesboro, Pa., will hold a cut-a-thon for Prayer Wenger, a toddler who was injured in a July pool accident at her home, Travers said.

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