$10 Hair Cut Day back for another year
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 11:18 am
Whether we like it or not, it is quickly approaching back to school time and with it come new schools supplies, new clothes and a new haircut. The Hair Lounge has you covered on the last front as the company celebrates the fifth annual $10 Hair Cut Day at the salon on Aug. 24 from noon to 6 p.m.
“It’s for a great cause and 100 per cent of the proceeds go to the food bank,” said Brooke Stone, office manager at The Hair Lounge.
“It’s such a gift and it helps so many,” said Lori McRitchie, Airdrie Food Bank executive director, of the event. “Our hats off to The Hair Lounge for all they do in the community and for the food bank.”
Proceeds from the event will go directly towards two of the food bank’s school programs: Snack Attack and R.J. Hawkey Breakfast Program.
Snack Attack provides emergency snacks, breakfast and/or lunch to 22 schools in Airdrie and the surrounding area.
“Our motto with the whole program is we don’t want any kid to be told ‘no’ if they are hungry,” McRitchie said.
According to the food bank’s website, snack items are provided on a need basis and the purpose of the program is to make sure no child is hungry at school.
She said each year the food bank sends a letter about the program to each of the 22 schools involved in Snack Attack and the schools let the food bank know what they need. The food bank then gathers the supplies and gives them to the schools to distribute to students as needed.
“Teachers really do care about their students and most of them have granola bars or snacks they’ll give kids. But when they keep giving snacks to the same kid four days in a row it can get expensive,” McRitchie said. “We believe our kids are important and we want to make sure they are supported.”
The R.J. Hawkey Breakfast Program provides breakfast to children ages five to 10 on each school day morning from 7:15 a.m. to 8 a.m. The program run by food bank staff and volunteers currently only runs at R.J. Hawkey Elementary School but the food bank has been working with Rocky View Schools (RVS) to expand the program into other schools with the school division operating it.
“We are working with Rocky View Schools Division on a steering committee that has and continues to provide breakfast programs at other schools,” Mc Ritchie said, adding the food bank is there to share their expertise and support RVS in the breakfast programs the school division operates.
The breakfast program not only provides kids with a nutritional breakfast but also gives them mentoring support.
“We have consistent volunteers who get to know the kids and be involved with them,” McRitchie said. “It’s like a family breakfast. They talk about their day and how they are doing.”
Last year the program served more than 5,000 breakfasts to hungry kids.
The Hair Lounge event will be on a first-come-first-serve basis, no appointment necessary and will offer $10 haircuts to children in kindergarten to Grade 12.
“If we can’t take (a haircut) when they come in, we will take their name and they can come back when it’s their turn,” Stone said, adding there will be 14 stylists providing haircuts during the event so the waits shouldn’t be long.
If you are waiting for your turn in the stylist chair, the event will have plenty of family fun activities at the salon – located at 113, First Street – including a bouncy house, face painting, henna from Traditional Glimpse, snow cones provided by Drizzzles Candy Shop and $5 eyebrow threading and mini massages from Anna’s Spa & Wellness.
Last year, the event cut 143 kids hair and raised more than $5,000 for the food bank and Stone said they hope to beat that number this year.
“This is win-win for the whole community,” McRitchie said of the event.
“You can get your kids hair cut for a very reasonable price and at the same time help other kids in the community.”
For more information, visit thehairloungeairdrie.com