Cut-a-Thon Aims to Raise $10,000 for Hurricane Dorian Victims

By Victoria Ford | Nov 06, 2019

Stafford Township — This Sunday’s all-day Cut-a-Thon at Just Braggin’ Hair Salon in Manahawkin is a fundraiser to help Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas. The goal is to raise $10,000. Cuts are first come, first served, starting at 9 a.m. Haircuts will be 50 percent off regular price; Norwegian Cruise Lines has committed to matching the total donation.

All interested are urged to arrive as early as possible to avoid a long wait. No time or need for a haircut? Stop by to purchase some baked goods or simply donate via the collection box at the front desk.

Salon owners Rick and Rebecca Bragg and the whole staff are always looking for ways to make a positive difference locally and, this time, globally, according to Rick’s daughter and salon coordinator Courtney Rachinsky. The idea came from stylist Amy Shiek, who spent a  month last winter volunteering with All Hands and Hearts for the St. Thomas USVI Hurricane Recovery Program, Rachinsky explained.

All Hands and Hearts is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging volunteers, partner organizations and local communities. The organization demonstrates the power and value of volunteering through tangible work, the hope it brings to suffering communities, and the transformative experiences it provides for volunteers.

After Shiek saw firsthand the devastation caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma, she was moved to help; she was further moved to help the All Hands and Hearts organization, which “is pretty amazing, and we know from Amy’s experience that all the money donated goes straight to the source,” Rachisnky said.

Ten stylists will participate, offering haircuts for men, women and children.

“Each year, we typically pick an organization a stylist is passionate about, a client or client’s family who is in need, or a local school to help,” Rachinsky said. “For the St. Thomas Hurricane Recovery program, we were able to raise $2,500 in just a week or so with gift baskets, client donations and selling handmade crafts.

“A few years back, the entire staff and generous clients came together to make a child’s Christmas wish come true. Her name was Bella, and she had lost her parents suddenly and was being cared for by her grandmother. Her family was in need of so many things, and the Just Braggin’ community rallied. We had tons of gift cards to various local stores for Bella’s grandmother. Santa came to the salon to greet Bella, and we all watched her open the presents that were donated from her wish list. It was something special.”  —V.F.

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