Published On: Wed, May 10th, 2017

Everything Hair Hosts Charity Shoe Drive Kickoff Party

By: Nikki Colonna

imageLocal Boca hair salon, Everything Hair, hosted a “Sole Relief Program” for a charity event and welcoming party for everyone to come celebrate their opening as well as donate to a good cause.

This charity promotes donating shoes to kids who don’t have any due to unsanitary conditions. Over 200 new or gently-used shoes were collected and distributed to impoverished countries and more and more are welcomed through the month of May.

The Sole Relief Program was founded in September 2015 by a young boy, Andrew Cohen, who had a passion for helping others in need since age 12.

“I first started [this program] for my bar mitzvah project for my temple and it really grew from there and we wanted to make it bigger,” Cohen said.

He focused on a common problem in other countries such as transportation of those who do not have the means. Some of these people who must walk everywhere do not own shoes and problems can derive from walking around with the incorrect footwear, such as disease and illness.

image (2)Some children who do have shoes may not be allowed in school, leaving them without an education and in poverty on the streets. With this issue in mind, Cohen came up with such an idea to help improve this situation and help make their lives better as a whole, one pair of shoes at a time.

Everything Hair is coming up on their two year mark as an organization in July. As a company, they are happy to stay involved with this program in order to give back and help the cause.

“Honestly, I love when kids do something to make a difference,” owner operator of Everything Hair Peyton Regalado said. “Our company has never told anyone no to helping because I love to give back to the community, so this kickoff party was a great way to celebrate our new location while helping a community charity.”

image (1)The event lasted from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. showcasing the new hair salon as guests and clients brought in donated shoes. Those who donated a pair were entered into a raffle that had grand prizes which were revealed at the end.

Those who attended this event came to not only support a new business and celebrate over happy hour and food catered by local businesses such as The Sicilian Oven and Jersey Mikes, but to also meet new people in the community and spread awareness about this charity. Faces365 Spa also provided free massages for guests while they enjoyed the event.

“I was so glad I went, it was a welcoming and fun time [to be a part of], said Laura Young, a guest from the event. “Sole Relief Program is a great cause to give back to and the event was organized very well. I can’t wait to come back to get my hair done.”

This event brought the community together closer to introduce a new business over food and drinks while participating in showing much needed support for a wonderful organization. More events to come as the local business grows and expands.

“I see us moving forward and being successful,” said Regalado. “This whole plaza is geared toward ladies and doing maintenance so I think this new spot will be good for the company. We can’t wait to franchise one day.”

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