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Abilene salon raises money for tornado victims

By Cassandra Webb, cwebb@ktxs.com
Published On: Jun 02 2013 09:35:59 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 03 2013 03:37:33 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

What do Zumba, cupcakes and haircuts have in common? Usually, not much, but Sunday a local business combined the three to raise money for the tornado victims in Oklahoma.

It wasn't your typical day at the salon. Customers didn't just come to get pampered; they came out for a good cause.

The Obje't D'Art Deux salon opened its door today for a special reason - to help the tornado victims in Oklahoma.

For one hair stylist, the cause hits home.

"We have a lot of friends and family in Oklahoma, so it's really impacted us and the community," said Katie Villarreal.

All proceeds will go directly to help the Infant Crisis Services in Oklahoma.

"We've been taking donations throughout this last week and we'll still be taking donations through the next week and the next month," Villarreal said.

Salon manager David Stroope is even offering an incentive for giving.

"If anyone wants to come do a donation, we'll put their name into a little drawing to win a whole spa day here," Stroope said.

Most people showed up just to do their small part.

"A couple weeks ago, I wanted to go help, but didn't have the means to go help, so this is a really good opportunity for me to do so," said Lena Heard.

Customer Kendra Gregory said she needed a haircut anyway and believes anytime you can help, you should.

Samantha Green donated an hour of Zumba in exchange for donations.

"I really wanted to go [to Oklahoma] and help, but obviously I have a child and work and so I can't necessarily go and volunteer so this was a good way for me to help donate my services that would normally cost money," Green said.

The Infant Crisis Services organization in Oklahoma provides formula, food and diapers to babies and toddlers in time of crisis.