Perham salon holds Christmas drive for children and seniors
Determined to spread some holiday cheer, a local salon owner held a Christmas card and toy drive for those in the nursing homes and the children at Some Place Safe.
In the spirit of Christmas, a Perham salon owner held a Christmas card and toy drive for the seniors in the local nursing homes and the children at Some Place Safe, a nonprofit offering a variety of services to victims and survivors of crime in a nine-county region in West Central Minnesota.
“Just with everything going on, I just wanted to spread some holiday cheer and see what would happen,” The Beehive Salon and Spa’s Laura Sundberg said. “Even if I got a couple of things, that would be better than nothing.”
On Monday, Dec. 21, Sundberg delivered 121 Christmas cards and letters for the local nursing homes and 226 new unwrapped toys for Some Place Safe. All of the cards and toys were dropped off at the Beehive Salon between Nov. 15 and Dec. 17.
“It was so well received and that’s amazing,” Sundberg said. The turn out for the card and toy drive proved that Perham is a community that takes care of each other especially in this hard year she said.
The idea to hold the drive was sparked by a similar fundraising effort being done by Liv N Dye Studios and Bombshell Studios in Detriot Lakes, Sundberg said. “They did a teen foster drive. Initially, they were just trying to get $500 to give gift cards to the teens in foster care,” she said. In the end, the Detriot Lakes fundraiser raised $5,050 for the teens in foster care.
After reaching out to the Detriot Lakes salons about doing a spin-off on their idea Sundberg started the card and toy drive in Perham. While helping to support the other salons by sharing their fundraising efforts on The Beehive’s social media.
As part of the card and toy drive, Sudberg held a drawing for six tubing passes and a $100 to Detroit Mountain and Detriot Lakes. Those who donated toys to the toy drive were entered into the drawing. Sundberg held the drawing on Dec. 21, after delivering all the cards and toys from the drive. According to a Facebook post on The Beehive’s Facebook page, Jennifer Schmitz was the winner of the drawing.