ARLINGTON — As Studio 5 Hair Design has celebrated its 10-year anniversary in Arlington this year, its employees are again devoting the fall and winter to showing the local community how much they appreciate their support.
"Last year, we collected about 500 pounds of canned food for the [Arlington Community] Food Bank," said Erica Rodgers, an aesthetician at Studio 5 Hair Design, at 115 E. Gilman Ave. in Arlington. "This year, we hope to collect about 500 pounds of hair and skin care products for the Monroe Gospel Women's Mission Center."
Honnah Stanley, a hairstylist who serves as the assistant manager of Studio 5 Hair Design, explained that they shifted gears this year not only because of the number of other area food drives, but also because they're a hair salon that can meet an under-served need for women in the community who are in dire straits.
"They've been very grateful," Stanley said of the Monroe Gospel Women's Mission Center, as she noted that the hair and skin care products that Studio 5 is collecting can help women in need when they show up for job interviews. "Our collection box is already pretty heavy. We've got between 40-50 pounds of products right now, and we started collecting two weeks ago."
"We've asked our clients to bring in any new or used products that they have no further need for," said Chris Schulberg, owner of Studio 5 Hair Design, who asked that the used containers of products be at least half-full.
Stanley added that this year's donation drive, like last year's food drive, will also accept financial donations and will continue to run through the holidays.
"This gives clients who come in every six weeks the opportunity to drop off their donations during their regular appointments," said Stanley, who expects to deliver the donated hair and skin care products to the Monroe Gospel Women's Mission Center on Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 25. "As long as they're not expired, we're accepting a wide variety of products, from hairspray and mousse to lipstick, towelettes and baby powder."
Studio 5 Hair Design is located at 115 E. Gilman Ave. in Arlington, and is open Mondays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 360-435-4035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.