Event provides free haircuts, school supplies

Laura Garcia By Laura Garcia

Aug. 10, 2017 at 9:46 p.m.
Updated Aug. 11, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Nathan Godinez, 4, receives a  haircut at Texas Made Fades during Back to School Cuts 4 Kids in Need in 2015.

Nathan Godinez, 4, receives a haircut at Texas Made Fades during Back to School Cuts 4 Kids in Need in 2015.   Advocate file photo for The Victoria Advocate

Two Victoria businesses are joining forces to help area families in need with a free back-to-school event Monday.

Kidz of Destiny owner Nicole Hood said the collaboration started when she approached a local business owner for help with a backpack drive.

Bobby Medina, owner of Texas Made Fades, said they instead decided to work together for the barbershop's annual Back to School Cuts 4 Kids in Need event.

The event will move this year to Kidz of Destiny, which is a child care center on 2005 Lawndale Ave.

Seven barbers from the shop and several local hair stylists and beauty school students have volunteered to provide free cuts to boys and girls this year.

Last year, Medina said the shop provided 255 hair cuts to boys.

Event organizers have received donations from local businesses and raised enough to fill 285 backpacks with school supplies.

Victoria Police Department will provide fingerprinting for children, and restaurants have donated food.

Medina said there will be door prizes. The names of two children will be drawn, and the winners will later be taken to the mall so they can pick out any pair of shoes they want.

Last weekend, Medina and other volunteers stood on the side of Navarro to collect spare change to pay for the school supplies.

"Victoria came together very strong," he said.

Within three and a half hours, the group collected $420.

"Every year, it's just getting bigger and bigger," he said. "Our goal is just to help out as many kids as we can."

Hood said so many people have come together to make this event happen.

She said if anyone would like to drop off donations, employees will be there at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

"It's really just all about giving kids the confidence to go back to school and focus on the things that matter," she said.



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