Haircuts for a cause

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 5:58 pm on Monday, September 26, 2011

BELDING— A Belding hair salon is giving back to those who are serving in the military.

The Sizzor Shak in Belding is hosting a campaign called Operation We Care to ship items to troops overseas. From left are Kayla Allison, Tracy Hull, Danyelle Paiz, Darla Willingham and Erika Nielsen.

The Sizzor Shak in Covered Village Mall started a campaign to help raise money for items to send overseas to troops. The campaign is called Operation We Care.
Anyone who comes in for an $11 haircut on Fridays and is wearing red will have $2 of their purchase donated to Operation We Care.
Money raised through the campaign is used to purchase items to send to troops.
Operation We Care started at the beginning of September and already has shipped about 40 pounds of items to troops. Willingham said the items include toothbrushes, body wash, candy, toothpaste and lip balm.
The seven stylists at the Sizzor Shak also wear red shirts on Friday.
Willingham said the salon decided to help troops after she sent a birthday package to her son, Senior Airman (SRA) Joshua Willingham, who is serving in the United States Marine Corps.
Darla Willingham said her son dropped off the birthday package to other troops because they do not get items they need.
Everyone in the salon, Darla Willingham said, began to brainstorm on how to help the troops.
“It’s the least we can do for them considering all they do for us,” said co-owner Tracy Hull.
The salon has set a goal to ship two boxes every Friday and has met the goal a couple of times.
“I feel honored to be able to do something like this,” said Danyelle Paiz, who has worked at the salon for five years.
Erika Nielsen, who has worked at the Sizzor Shak for about five months, has a cousin in the Marines.
“It feels good to support (our troops),” Nielsen said.
Kayla Allison, who has worked at the salon for three years, feels honored to support the troops.
“There is so much they need and we help give that to them,” she said.
Anyone can drop off items to donate to Operation We Care throughout the week. The troops are requesting trail mix and flavored drink mixes for water.
“What we are giving to them is no comparison to what they are giving us,” Darla Willingham said.

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