Anchorage barbershop holds annual Cuts for Coats giveaway
Hair Science Barbershop and Barber School says it’s holding its annual Cuts for Coats giveaway at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club on Monday evening. The event provides free winter coats for kids.
Hair Science owner Shawn Idom said it’s the fifth Cuts for Coats event, and each year has been more successful than the last. This year, he said the event raised enough money to buy 150 new coats, three times more coats than the first year.
“We’ve been trying to bless the community for a couple years,” he said. “I wish we could do it two times a year, because most kids, they’ll tear their coats, or they’ll rip them up or they’ll lose them, but we’re doing what we can.”
He said initially, donations of coats were requested, but many of the coats they received were used and weren’t in the best condition. Now only monetary donations are accepted, to ensure the kids get brand new coats.
“A lot of these children already have the hand-me-downs or they have coats that are not in the best condition,” he explained. “So we revamped the whole event to where we wanted to give them at least one article of clothing, which is this coat, that they would feel confident and they would like wearing, and it was new and it wasn’t used or torn or too big or any of those types of things.”
Idom and other Hair Science staff will be at the Mountain View Community Center, home of the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club, on Price Street at 5:30 p.m. He said the only requirement to get a free coat is that the receiving child be there to try it on.
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