Hair, fur collection continues

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LEWISTON — The Kennel Shop on East Avenue is donating all fur collected during grooming sessions to Misty Edwards, the local cosmetologist who is collecting human hair and animal fur to donate to the oil cleanup efforts along the Gulf Coast.

Edwards has joined other volunteers around the country to collect hair to be used to soak up oil spilled after the rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, sinking two days later. The nonprofit Matter of Trust is coordinating the national collection, and is planning “Boom BQs,” gatherings around the Gulf where volunteers will stuff the hair into nylons to create oil-spill hair mats.

On Wednesday, Edwards and others will be at The Kennel Shop to help gather fur from grooming. The shop has made appointments with pet owners through the morning, but will extend its grooming hours from noon to 4 p.m. to boost Edwards’ project. Walk-ins are welcome during the afternoon.

The Bernard School of Hair Fashion, where Edwards graduated, has become the drop-off point for salons to donate hair clippings. The school will collect hair from Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Several students of the school have collected money to help box and ship the hair.

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Bernard’s is also accepting nylons to build the hair/fur booms, and money to pay for shipping the materials south.

On Friday, Edwards and others will pack the hair collected and ship it to the Matter of Trust drop point.

For more information bout donations through grooming, contact The Kennel Shop at 777-1376. To make a donation to Bernard’s school, call 783-7765. Edwards may be reached at misty.s.edwards@gmail.com or 740-4844. Shaw’s has donated a number of buckets being used to collect donations at area shops. Any money not used for shipping hair and fur, Edwards said, will be donated to Matter of Trust.

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