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FedEx worker to shear hair to help food bank

March 26, 2009

Patrick Adams is hoping people will part with a few dollars if he's willing to part with his hair. Adams, a courier at FedEx in Hagerstown, is raising money for St. Mark's Lutheran Food Bank. So far, he's raised $800.

He said he really had no expectations for what started out as a small project to raise awareness of hunger and help a local food bank.

"My co-workers have really stepped up to the plate and I am proud of them for that," Adams wrote in an e-mail.

Adams, who lives in Chambersburg, Pa., said he grew up poor and remembers going to bed hungry. He doesn't think anyone should have to do that.

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"I have been blessed with a beautiful wife and two equally beautiful daughters who I wouldn't want going hungry and that's why I'm doing this," he wrote.

Adams, 38, said he's been growing his shoulder-length, curly hair for about a year.

The top bidder will get the first "swipe" at shaving Adams head, with other high bidders also getting a chance.

The "shearing" will be on Friday, April 3, at 7 a.m. at Hair Concepts at South Pointe Shopping Center, across from FedEx on Oak Ridge Drive.

Adams would like to see a big crowd show up for his head shaving. The public is invited to bring nonperishable food or monetary contributions that morning.

To make a donation, checks can be made payable to St. Mark's Food Bank, 601 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740. Food donations can also be made during food bank hours - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.

- Janet Heim

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