LA JUNTA —Over the past month, students enrolled in the Otero Junior College Cosmetology Career Academy have been 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 received a free haircut at the academy’s salon.
According to Tammy Dorenkamp, director of the academy, this year the “Cuts for Cans” project brought in more food items than in any of the previous years.
“We have collected about 600 non-perishable food items over the past month. This is 150 more items than any other year. We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community for this project that has such an impact on our local communities,” said Dorenkamp.
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.
“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.