Thursday, August 16, 2012

Church hosts back to school haircuts

Officials at Pittsburg’s Victory Life Church and local hair stylists gathered at the church Monday evening to send area kids back to school looking sharp, free of charge.
For each of the past five years, pastor Donnie Talent and volunteers from his church have taken names and recruited area stylists for the event, and each year it’s grown. Last year’s event was attended by 150 kids. This year more than 200 kids signed up, prompting Talent to host it at the church for the first time to accommodate the volume. The kids come from a wide variety of homes, including some who can’t afford a haircut after purchasing school supplies and clothes, and some who simply come from large families.
“This is a great opportunity to take care of that need,” Talent said.
This year, Talent and church members took the event to the next level. Jumpin’ Jake’s Bouncers brought an inflatable slide, the Yates family cooked free hot-dogs for everyone, and the Pittsburg Police Department brought one of its D.A.R.E. cars to show the kids. American Lawn sponsored a Tropical Snow stand, and Pittsburg Pepsi handed out free cans of soda. Inside, the stylists’ booths were each sponsored by a local business.

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