Barber shop donates proceeds to help abused children
Short Kutz Barber Shop & Salon devoted all proceeds from a weekend “Cuts for a Cause” event to Bikers Against Child Abuse, which provides aid, comfort, safety and support to children who have been sexually, physically or emotionally abused.
Tara Short, owner of the downtown business, said more than $200 was donated within the first couple of hours on Saturday.
Short has devoted a day each year to providing “Cuts for a Cause.” Past events have benefited the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County and provided new shoes for children affected by area fires.
“I have a soft spot for kids,” said the mother of three teens and a foster youth as she gave a customer a cut.
Her own youth was very hard, and she aspires to do what she can to help young people, she also said.
Short wanted her shop to be a family friendly place. One room there contains video game machines, and there is plenty of seating.
Barber shops have a long tradition of being neighborhood hangouts where people could bring their families and socialize. Short had to bring her own kids to work when they were younger, she explained.
After finding out that Saturday was to benefit a group that helps children, one customer commented: “It couldn’t have been a better day to come in.”
Another business donated an array of items to be raffled off. Some of the items were on display in the shop on Saturday. Tip jars were used to hold donations.
“We like to do this,” said Aaron Moody, who was cutting hair. “The last client donated $50.”
Members of the bikers organization parked their shiny rides in front of the shop. Children — and almost as many adults — would smile and point at the motorcycles as they traveled along South Central Avenue.
A table set up, also outside, had pamphlets further explaining what the group does.
“We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is a part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation and our physical presence,” a pamphlet read.
The Bigfoot Chapter of B.A.C.A. serves Jackson, Josephine, Klamath counties and surrounding areas. They are looking for more people to join them in this effort.
Requirements include being at least 18 years old and having regular access to a motorcycle that will operate at the speed limit. They must also pass a federal fingerprint background check, as well as attend monthly meetings, rides, court hearings and other B.A.C.A. events — especially training.
The area chapter meets at the Rogue River VFW at 6 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.
Call 541-414-4919 for details.