Posted: Jul 30, 2012 4:10 PM by KATC
Cox and 100 Black Men to host school supply drive in partnership with 10th Annual "Kuts for Kids"
Free haircuts and stuffed backpacks to first 250 kids
Lafayette - On Sunday, August 12, 2012, 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette and Cox Communications will host "Stuff A Backpack" in conjunction with the 10th Annual "Kuts for Kids," hosted by the Upsilon Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. The event will take place at the Acadiana Technical College Lafayette Campus, located at 1101 Bertrand Drive, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The project's mission is to provide free haircuts and backpacks stuffed with new school supplies to kids ages 5 -14. Free haircuts and backpacks will be given to the first 250 kids.
"We started this event in 2003 to help families in need get their kids prepared for school. This event has grown so much over the last nine years, and I'm thrilled that 100 Black Men and Cox have teamed up with us again this year," said Joshua Guillory, a local barber and member of Omega Psi Phi. Guillory encourages other local barbers to help with Kuts for Kids. Those interested can call him directly at 337-230-5674. "We welcome anyone who wants to help that day," he concluded.
What started as an initiative for free haircuts for kids expanded into a school supply drive last year when 100 Black Men, an existing partner of "Kuts for Kids," reached out to Cox Communications.
"We're honored that 100 Black Men asked us to partner with them. Education is one of our core values, and preparing children for school by arming them with the supplies that they need for success is simply the right thing to do. Cox is proud to support the positive efforts of the 100 Black Men organization," said Julie Dronet, director of operations for Cox in Acadiana.
Other partners include KRRQ 95.5, KNEK 104.7, Buffalo Wild Wings, Louisiana Army National Guard, and New York Life. Event goers will not only enjoy free haircuts, but also face painting, arts and crafts, and free hot dogs and hamburgers.
School supplies can be dropped off at Cox Communications, located at 1906 Eraste Landry Road between July 30 and August 10. 100 Black Men is seeking donations of loose leaf paper, 3-subject notebooks, glue sticks, Elmer's glue, crayons, hand sanitizer and 3-ring binders. Monetary donations may be sent to 100 BMOGL P.O. Box 61792, Lafayette, LA 70596. All funds collected will be used to purchase new school supplies.