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Franklin Park Lincoln, Foster’s Hair Concepts Unlimited unite for bookbag, supplies, food giveaway

By Jurry Taalib-Deen
Journal Staff Writer

One hundred book bags filled with school supplies and 103 kids received free haircuts on Wednesday August 16, due to a collaboration between Franklin Park Lincoln and Foster’s Hair Concepts Unlimited, 1645 W. Bancroft.

In addition to school supplies filling up those book bags, information on colorectal and breast cancer, the harms of vaping, how to obtain health insurance and locate a doctor, also accompanied those supplies, in an effort to target underserved communities because African Americans are disproportionately affected by those diseases due to getting screened too late; all compliments of Oncology Outreach for Promedica Institute.

Mike Colbert, salesman at Franklin Park Lincoln, told The Toledo Journal that the collaboration is an effort at making sure children start school on the right foot, as well as looking good on the first day.

“This is our way of giving back to the community because they’ve taken care of us over the years,” said James Foster, owner of Foster’s Hair Concepts Unlimited. “I’m really grateful for the community support.”

Complimentary food was also made available. Serving those in attendance are, left, front to back, Shawnta Henderson and Chantella Foster assist Jayden Green, 9 and Jesse Young, 15.

Another way Mr. Foster likes to show his appreciation to the community by making his shop for Bible Study every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Bishop Larry Mack hosts an interactive Bible Study for men and women and how to apply that knowledge to everyday life.

Danielle Mays, center, with her children A’Mari Carstarphen, 15 and Ja’Mari Howard, 5.

“I think it’s wonderful what they have going on today,” said Mary Jennings who brought her two grandsons. “I called a few days ago to schedule a haircut for my grandsons and I was told I didn’t have to pay and that the haircuts were free; I was surprised. Having that extra cash in my pocket allowed me to buy a little more food for the house.”

In addition to Franklin Park Lincoln and Foster’s Hair Concepts Unlimited, Mr. Colbert extended a thank you to the other sponsors which were Rudy’s Hot dog on Monroe St. and The Toledo Journal. Next year, he said Ruby’s Kitchen will be joining the other sponsors.

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