(As published in Mount Shasta Area Newspapers, Wednesday, February 7th, 2018.)
Weed, CA – “When all of us do a little bit, we all make a big difference,” says Brenda Floyd-Hall, owner of Studio “B”, a hair salon in Mount Shasta. Floyd-Hall has come up with an idea that links her customers to caring about kids through Great Northern Services’ USDA Summer Food Service Program.
“During the summer, 65% of local children are at a heightened risk of experiencing hunger because they are not in school where they receive a subsidized meal during the school year,” says Marie Wells, Great Northern Services Development Director. “Many families have a harder time making ends meet during the summer when kids are on vacation, so every innovative idea, like Brenda’s, is appreciated and needed. Our goal is that no child in Siskiyou County ever goes hungry.”
Floyd-Hall’s project is donating 100% of all sales (including all her costs) from a new collection of handmade soaps sold at the Studio B hair salon. “I figure everyone needs healthy soap and all kids need healthy food,” says Floyd-Hall. “After donating a portion of the Reindeer Run/Race profits to Great Northern’s program for the last two years and finding out about the positive impact it has, I got even more excited and wanted to do more. Each bar of soap that sells for $3.00 is equal to the cost gap of one healthy meal provided through Great Northern’s program. So, each bar that you buy, pays for one meal!”
To donate any time of the year, to find out how your business can get involved, or to volunteer your time to distribute meals, contact Marie Wells, GNS Development Director at 530-938-4115 ext. 121. To find out more about other GNS Siskiyou County community services go to www.gnservices.org, or call 530-938-4115.
Great Northern Services, a not-for-profit organization, is helping to invigorate communities by initiating positive social change to improve economic conditions. GNS is committed to helping communities navigate growth and change while enhancing the cultural, social, environmental, and economic qualities that are the essence of what makes a place a valued home to its citizens.