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Connection offers free kids' haircuts


Back to school event planned to give back to families across area


August 26, 2009
CAPAC — The C3 Connection wants to boost area families' budget-stretching back to school preparations by offering free hair cuts for youngsters this Saturday.

Kim Ruhlig, owner of Oasis Salon in Almont and Paula Morandi of Capac's Perfection Hair Salon & Tanning will volunteer their expertise as longtime hair stylists from 3-6 p.m. on August 29.

Low income families from across the area are welcome to bring their children ages 0 through 12th grade to get a cut at no charge. Refreshments will be offered, and youngsters may have a chance to check out equipment from Capac's police and fire departments while they wait.

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Hair stylist Kim Ruhlig of Almont’s Oasis Salon and Dena Long of Capac Community Church’s C3 Connection in Capac are among volunteers for free Back to School Haircut event on Saturday. photo by Catherine Minolli.

The free back to school haircuts idea was hatched by Capac Community Church-The Connection's Dena Long and Lisa Fecteau. Ruhlig says she was more than happy to get on board.

"They came to me with this great idea and as a member of Capac Community Church, I know they're committed to giving back to their community."

Ruhlig says she embraces the idea of giving back and she's pleased that other stylists agreed to participate.

"I've been in the salon business almost 25 years, it can be very competitive," she says. "I was very excited that we could get stylists to put that nonsense away for a great event. That's what life is all about—doing for others."

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Haircuts will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Youngsters will be asked to sign in, and should arrive with freshly washed hair. No wash sinks will be available.

Ruhlig says students from Capac High School's National Honor Society have been asked to participate, and they're working on having a police car and fire truck nearby for children to check out.

"Anyone who would like to help either at the event or with refreshments, come on up!" Ruhlig says. "That's what we want this event to be—everyone from the community hanging out, having coffee and conversation."

The Connection is located at 122 N. Main Street downtown.

Ruhlig says she'd like to plan a free back-to-school haircut event at her salon—Oasis Salon in Almont (next to Charlie Brown's)—from noon-7 p.m. on Monday, August 31. Anyone interested in helping or offering their services can call Ruhlig at 810-798-7650.

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