Club Cosmo, a student organization associated with the Otero Junior College Cosmetology Career Academy, will be sponsoring their seventh annual “Cuts for Cans” food drive to benefit area food banks. In exchange for a minimum of three canned food items patrons can receive a free haircut at the academy’s salon.
The project will begin on Oct. 20 and will continue through Nov. 19. The canned food collected will be given to Associated Charities and Head Start in La Junta, Salvation Army Food Banks in: Rocky Ford, Manzanola, Fowler and Crowley County. Donations will also be made to Helping Hands in Las Animas.
According to Tammy Dorenkamp, director of the academy, the “Cuts for Cans” project has been a great success in previous years, so students from this year’s academy wanted to continue the tradition.
“Community service is one of the areas of professional development we stress at the academy. We emphasize the need for our students to get involved in their communities and to look for ways that they can be of service,” said Dorenkamp. “The students realize that there are families in need within the area communities and this project allows them to use their skills and talents to help make a difference in someone’s life,” she said.
Men, women, and children can all take advantage of the free haircuts in exchange for three or more canned food items. The salon is open every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from Oct. 20 through Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to hair services, patrons can also receive skin and nail services. If patrons would like to secure a time-slot, they can call 719-384-6990 for an appointment. Walk-in appointments are also available.
The OJC Cosmetology Career Academy is located in McDivitt Hall on the San Juan Avenue side of the Otero Junior College Campus. Patrons can park in the McDivitt Hall parking lot and enter the academy’s main entrance on the building’s east side, marked by a large pink canopy.