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November 8, 2016 12:00 AM

SNIPS FOR SANTA Jade Amethyst Rose Umstatter, 9, stopped in for a trim at last year's Haircuts for Santa Toys event, where all proceeds go to buying local children toys for Christmas. This year once again, the event is taking place at Lloydminster Comprehensive High School on Nov. 20. FILE PHOTO

Women Warriors and LCHS Barons team up to help children

There’s no feeling quite like a fresh haircut, and why not add in some warm fuzzies by knowing the money you spend is going to make a young child’s Christmas.
If this sounds like a winning combo, then head on to the Lloydminster Comprehensive High School on Nov. 20 for the Haircuts for Santa Toys event, being put on by Women Warriors in partnership with the LCHS Barons Club Cosmo.
“I have nine licensed hair stylist who are all going to cut hair, and it’s a donate whatever you can, there’s no set prices for the services and that way people don’t feel obligated to give us a certain amount,” said Shelley Wiart, founder of Women Warriors.
“One hundred per cent of the proceeds are going to toys at either the Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre Santa Clause Party or the Interval Home, then we have a bunch of silent auction items and they’re professional styling products and hair tools and there’s going to be a door prize from Chatters, so every single person that comes in has an opportunity to win a door prize.”
Wiart also wanted to emphasize that you don’t necessarily have to get a hair cut, as the group will be doing various styles with an arsenal of heated tools, sparkles, coloured gels and sprays.
During last year’s inaugural event the stylists raised $1,800 in five hours, all of it going to Christmas toys for local children.
The toys are also exclusively purchased in Lloydminster, so all the benefits from the event stay right in the community.
“It’s important because there’s still a downturn in the economy and I feel like last year it was needed, but this year it’s even more needed because there’s still a lot of people that don’t have jobs in the oilfield,” Wiart said.
“People are desperate and they want to make a good Christmas for their children and one way to do that is to at least give them one good toy and then the kids are happy and so are the parents.”
Aside from the Women Warriors and LCHC Barons Club Cosmo, students from Lakeland College’s beauty program and Holy Rosary High School’s beauty program will be involved, giving the aspiring stylists a chance to work in a salon atmosphere.
There’s no need to worry, though, as only the licensed stylists will be allowed near the scissors, with the young students taking on the shampooing, draping and sweeping tasks.
The event also has some volunteer opportunities available and if anyone wants to sign up or donate a door prize they can call Wiart at 780-872-0877.

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