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Church offers haircuts, school supplies for needy

POSTED: August 3, 2014 10:35 p.m.
CHARLIE WILLIAMS/For The Times

A line of people wraps around the side of Air Line Baptist Church on White Sulphur Road Sunday afternoon as people wait to participate in a school supply giveaway.

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All four girls of the Perez family ran straight to the "salon" chairs at an event Sunday that offered free haircuts and school supplies.

One in particular, the oldest at the age of 10, quickly had her ponytail chopped off to donate to another child in need. As the family left, they yelled "thank you," and "God bless you" to volunteers at Air Line Baptist Church.

The East Hall church teamed with Tiffani & Co. and Matthew & Co. hair salons to offer Bags ‘N’ Cuts to help children in the Northeast Georgia community get ready for the new school year. This is Air Line’s second year offering the event and church leaders hope to continue it.

They had 500 backpacks filled with supplies available at no cost to the families.

"That’s enough to fill an average-sized elementary school," said Chip Smith, who supervised the event for the church.

Volunteers from Air Line and the hair salons anxiously awaited the children.

"We are blessed to be a blessing," said Kristen Miller-Wallace, owner of Tiffani &Co. hair salon and member of Air Line Baptist Church. "We’ve seen people come together who normally wouldn’t, and lives change because of this. There have been people in tears thanking us so much for what we’ve done when they normally would have nothing when going back to school."

The families who came expressed their thanks and a desire for their kids to go to school prepared.



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