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Haircuts help Hope for Haiti Foundation

Dior School of Cosmetology customer Janet Hutton of Manteca was surprised and thrilled to find out that the proceeds from her haircut from Christina Vander Wal will go to the Hope for Haiti Foundat...

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin


POSTED February 4, 2010 1:45 a.m.

Janet Hutton wanted to do her part to help the people of Haiti.

Last month’s catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake – included were at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater – affected some three million people. An estimated 170,000 were among the dead, with property damages consisting of 20,000 in commercial buildings and 225,000 in homes.

On Wednesday, she entered Dior School of Cosmetology at 977 W. Center St., Manteca, for a hairstyle only to discover that 100 percent of profits from “Haircuts for Haiti” had been earmarked for the Hope for Haiti Foundation.

“I was surprised but happy,” said Hutton of Manteca. “I was looking for a way to contribute (to help Haiti).

“I guess it was fate.”

She joked that it was fate that also paired her with Dior student Christina Vander Wal.

A 2008 graduate of Ripon Christian, Vander Wal had several customers other than Hutton getting haircuts for the earthquake relief cause Wednesday afternoon. She indicated that some found out via the flyers circulated or posted in the front door of the business.

Vander Wal is a month away from completing her requirements at the cosmetology school. She’s looking forward to receiving her certificate, and must pass the state board in order to make a living as a hairstylist in the real world.

Elyse Anderson, who is a 2008 graduate of Tracy High, is also few months shy from earning her certificate at Dior.

She, too, had a few haircut customers Wednesday, noting that some were regulars and had been informed about the fundraiser that also included collecting medical supplies.

All three Dior School of Cosmetology – the others are located in Modesto and Turlock – were involved in the Hope for Haiti Foundation, a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers who have dedicated their time, talents, resources and hearts to helping the people of this nation.

“We looked at the choices and this was the organization we agreed on,” said Dior administrator Alyssa Corcoran.

She said business was good earlier in the day.

“We’re waiting for afterschool,” Corcoran said. “We have one lady who promised to bring all of her kids in for haircuts.”

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