Paragould hair salons raise money for backpack program

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)- The Paragould community came out in droves Saturday to get their hair cut for a good cause.

Eleven Paragould hair salons teamed up with Matrix Professional hair products to host a "Chairs of Change" event. The event raised money for the backpack programs at the local school districts. A cause that local stylists said targets a lot of kids in the community.

We've created this fundraising event to give back to the backpack programs of our local school districts, Greene County Tech and our local school districts here in our city," said Sabrina Smith, co-owner of Elements Salon in Paragould and the organizer of the event. "We wanted to be able to raise money so the schools can buy the food that they need for the backpack program."

Eleven salons were apart of Saturday's event which equaled about 40 stylists.

"People come into the salon and tells us about the backpack program and we're like okay, that's something we can do," said Tamra Woods, co-owner of Elements Salon.

The event allowed people in the community to get free haircuts for a good cause.

"They can come in and they can get a haircut and it's any amount of donation that they want to give whether that's a dollar or however much," explained June Woods, co-owner of Elements Salon.

Smith said it also gives them a chance to help those who may not be able to afford a haircut.

"It's amazing the amount of people we hear of that have never even been in a salon to get their hair cut so it's awesome that we can offer this to them," she said. "A lot of people look at hair salons as competitors but we can all come together for one purpose to raise a lot of money and to help a lot of people."

The stylists agree that the Backpack Program assists a lot of kids in the community.

"It gives food to children that may not have all of the food and necessities that we take for granted at home," Smith said.

"We would like for it to be an every year thing, we hope that it goes really good and raises a lot of money for the backpack program," Tamra Woods said.

The event also featured hair braiding, nail art, a cake walk and raffles.

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