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Cub scouts shave heads for charity
ARLINGTON For the scouts and scout masters of Arlington Cub Scouts of America Pack 92, chilly heads are a small price to pay to help others.
Scout Master Greg Vaughn, his sister and Assistant Scout Master Michelle Swanson, and his son and cub scout Steven Vaughn had all agreed to have their heads shaved if the members of Pack 92 could collect 1,500 pounds of food for the Arlington Food Bank from Nov. 28 through Dec. 20, 2007.
At the packs Jan. 24 meeting, Greg Vaughn told the scouts theyd raised 3,238 pounds of food and $450 of donations, so the ladies of the West Avenue Barber Shop plugged in their electric trimmers and went to town on Swanson and the two Vaughns who had volunteered.
The communitys support has been amazing, said Lisa Vaughn, Gregs wife. We had people who were housebound who called us up because theyd seen our number in The Arlington Times and asked if we could pick up food from them. The Arlington Safeway was especially instrumental.
The Safeway store allowed members of Pack 92 to collect food and donations at their front doors Dec. 2 and 16, and Greg Vaughn estimated at approximately 400 pounds of food were collected on each of those two days.
Arlington American Legion Post 76 Scout Liaison Jim Barron visited the packs Jan. 24 meeting to dispense books on flag etiquette and echoed the amazement that many adults in attendance expressed.
Its hard to believe, Barron said. They made their first goal so quick that they had time to more than double it. For little guys like these, thats a of a lot of work.
According to West Avenue barbers Kelley Guillory and Sheryl Floe, they were more than happy to contribute their services in support of such a good cause.
We brought lollipops for the ones getting their heads shaved, to help ease the pain, Guillory said. Its wonderful that they helped so many people have a happier holiday.
As soon as the trimming started, scouts and adults alike swarmed to cheer and take pictures, although Greg Vaughn declined to take his scouts up on their emphatically shouted suggestion that he get his mustache shaved as well.
Whoa, thats different. Greg Vaughn rubbed his head, after Floe had brushed him down. Holy moley, Ive got to see this in a mirror. If nothing else, itll be easier to shower tonight.
After posing for a few photos, Swanson joined her brother in donning headgear. She pulled on a woolen knit cap, while he slid on a stetson.
Ive never had my head shaved before, Swanson said. It feels so strange. For Christmas, my friends and family bought me hats, scarves and do-rags.
Swanson and the Vaughns wound up being only the first three to get their heads shaved by the West Avenue Barbers that night, as a number of eager scouts followed them in getting their own trims.
Well definitely be setting our sights even higher next year, Lisa Vaughn said. We might as well go for broke.