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Youth ministry plans to make the cut for charity
by Paul Gonzales
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From left, Josh Munoz, Avery Young, Katelynn Garibay and Andrew Forbes are members of the Klutch Student Ministry who are putting up their heads to be shaved if they reach their monetary goals. Forbes is trying for $5,000 and is over $1,000 toward his goal.
From left, Josh Munoz, Avery Young, Katelynn Garibay and Andrew Forbes are members of the Klutch Student Ministry who are putting up their heads to be shaved if they reach their monetary goals. Forbes is trying for $5,000 and is over $1,000 toward his goal.
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Beeville — Every year, the Klutch Student Ministries at New Life Baptist Church does something special for Christmas to help out those in need.

But this year, they’re doing something a bit different.

Justin Perez, one of the student ministry leaders, said, “We have a leadership class every Tuesday at 8 p.m., and we have some students here, and right away we were talking about what we were going to do for Christmas.

“And they were asking what are we going to do for Christmas.”

The ministry has been busy with other fundraisers and charities lately, so, by the time all was said and done, Christmas had sort of sneaked up on them.

“We’ve put our mind and all this energy to this other stuff already, and I didn’t know if we had time to put something together,” Perez mentioned.

But then he did something during the class.

“I had taken off my beanie and had shaved my head again, and they said, ‘What happened, I thought you were going to grow your hair out again?’

“I said, ‘I can’t. It’s frustrating and too hot.’

“And Andrew Forbes looks at me and says, ‘If you grow yours back, I’ll cut mine off.’

“And the entire class went silent.”

Forbes is known around town as the kid with the ‘fro’.

The tall, lanky kid with huge blond hair.

Trust me. You’ve seen him.

“I looked at him and snapped and said we could do something with this.”

So, the group whipped out their iPads and began looking up the requirements for “Locks of Love,” a nonprofit charity that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children with medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair.

“And, finally, there were a couple of other kids who were saying that they wanted to do something.

“They have short hair; I just said, ‘Shave your head. Have people pay you to shave your head.’”

“Immediately, we started thinking we were going to reach families all over the community.

“We can get the community involved and get people shaving their heads left and right.

“Then I said, ‘Wait, wait. We only have a few weeks. Maybe next year.’”

The Sunday that they announced the idea to the church, the money came pouring in.

Already there was $1,000 for Forbes’ fro. But it’s going to take $5,000 to get him to go bald, but right now it doesn’t seem that unlikely.

“I strongly think he can do it,” Perez laughed.

“I talked to his parents, and none of his family like it (the fro), so they’re willing to fork over some money to make it happen.”

“Katelynn Garibay and Andrew will actually be able to donate their hair, and the other two boys, Avery and Josh, are just going to shave their heads.

“They’re $300 a head. And I think Katelynn is $500.”

All the money raised will go to give a needy family a complete Christmas, which includes a tree, Christmas dinner and all the gifts.

“So, that’s how it all started.

“We wanted to do something, and we were scared we weren’t going to have enough time, then we thought let’s just involve something really radical. And that is us. That’s Klutch, and we’ll just do it that way.

“That’s the only way the kids will let us do things now.

“If it’s not radical or pushing the boundaries, they know we can do better than that.”

The first annual “Lots of Love” fundraising event is going on now, so if you wish to make a donation, call Justin Perez at (361) 318-4005 or stop by New Life Baptist Church at 2106 Jones Road in Beeville.

Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.
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