WIMAUMA — Area residents can get that needed haircut this weekend and contribute to the Good Samaritan Mission.
Following reports this week that the mission was in danger of closing for the first time in its 24 years, the Hair Carvers salon in Apollo Beach planned a "cutathon" fundraiser to help bolster faltering donations.
Normally closed on Sundays, the salon's Redken-trained stylists instead will descend on the shop that day from noon until 4 p.m. with scissors and shampoo, offering a wash and cut in exchange for a $20 donation.
All of the proceeds will go to the mission, said Hair Carvers team leader Debbie Hoffmann.
Also, the Pampered Chef started a fundraiser through its Web site of kitchen and entertaining products. It runs through April 13. When shoppers follow the proper links and make a purchase, 15 percent of the total will go to the mission.
The Web site is at: www.pamperedchef.biz/hinkleskitchen or for more information, call (813) 830-2503.
Private donations have dried up, forcing it to exhaust its savings and investments while slicing employees' salaries. The mission, which offers food, clothing, low-cost day care and social services for laborers, is close to cutting its programs.
After news of its plight spread this week, more than $34,000 poured in, employees said, including $100 from a 7-year-old Tampa girl's piggy bank.
America's Second Harvest has pledged to bring 3,000 pounds of food next week.
"You have no idea how much God has blessed us," said Dora Cruz, who helps run the mission.
The donations will help the mission get through April at least, though current budget projections show it starting May about $50,000 in the red.
Saundra Amrhein can be reached
or (813) 661-2441.