Barber Shop helps veteran causes
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.