Bar­ber Shop helps vet­eran causes

The Covington News - - Around the region -

WINDER (AP) — For mil­i­tary vet­er­ans, it’s Christ­mas year-round at one Bar­row County bar­ber shop.

An un­usual Christ­mas tree in Ter­rell’s and Ciara’s Bar­ber Shop is one demon­stra­tion of how Carolyn Baggett feels about vet­er­ans. Un­der­neath the white ar­ti­fi­cial tree are big shell cas­ings, a mil­i­tary hat and other items, in­clud­ing a hol­stered pis­tol. The hol­ster is real, but the pis­tol is a plas­tic wa­ter gun.

They are part of the mil­i­tary mem­o­ra­bilia col­lec­tion of Winder’s Ron Beacham, chap­lain and fi­nance of­fi­cer of Winder’s AMVETS Post 12.

A pair of mil­i­tary uni­forms hang on one wall; an­other bears a POW/MIA flag.

But more im­por­tant are the two col­lec­tion jars on the busi­ness desk of the bar­ber shop, named for the owner’s grand­chil­dren. “That’s what it’s all about,” she said. One jar is for do­na­tions to Bar­row County’s shel­ter for home­less North­east Ge­or­gia vet­er­ans. A mes­sage taped to the other jar asks for con­tri­bu­tions to the fam­ily of Sam Wal­ley, a Bethlehem solider who lost an arm and leg to an ex­plo­sive de­vice in Afghanistan two days af­ter his 20th birthday.

The funds, along with fundrais­ers oth­ers in the area have spon­sored, help Wal­ley’s fam­ily travel and stay in Bethesda, Md., where the young sol­dier is in treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

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