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Local stores pitch in to help with hair-raising project to make oil-soaking mats and booms

Santee (May 12, 2010) – It’s a big, hairy deal when a national franchise mobilizes 690 stores to help with the Gulf Coast oil spill cleanup. You can help, too—simply by getting your hair cut at any Sport Clips store, where hair clippings are being gathered daily and shipped to Matter of Trust, a nonprofit organization that is making oil-soaking mats and booms from hair and fur. (Find a discount coupon in our HOT COUPONS section.)


“Each of our Sport Clips stores collects approximately two pounds of clippings at the end of the day,” said Terry Klinker, team leader of Sport Clips in Santee. “We have many locations in coastal and Gulf states, and team members from stores across the country are ready and willing to pitch in on this effort.”

To date, Matter of Trust (www.MatterofTrust.org) has received 3,682 commitments from salons, pet groomers, wool farmers and others to participate in this massive effort to clean up one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.

“Now at the Gulf Coast, people are stuffing booms. Hair and fur coming in from our thousands of member salons and groomers into recycled nylons coming in from all 50 states and around the world!” the website proclaims. “Salons and beachlovers all over the Gulf Coast are organizing Boom making parties - They're calling them BOOM B QUE's .”

Matter of Trust seeks additional participants.

Watch a video to see how it works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwQOD_Ir2vQ

Read the instructions: http://www.matteroftrust.org/programs/hairmatsinfo.html

Sign up as a “Business”: http://www.excessaccess.com/pages/main_signup806.html

In San Diego County, Sport Clips has stores in Santee, Escondido, Clairemont, Mission Valley, Oceanside, Del Mar, and Carlsbad. For locations, hours and directions, visit www.SportClips.com.
At the end of the day, participating Sport Clips stores will box up the collected hair and ship it to pre-arranged sites. View a poster on their efforts: Oil Spill Cleanup Poster.pdf .

Sport Clips is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas and was established in 1995 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The franchise ranked in the top 100 overall and top 50 in growth for the sixth straight year in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Franchise 500” and in the top 50 in Dun & Bradstreet’s AllBusiness.com “2010 AllBusiness AllStars.” Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises.


Known for its philanthropic efforts, Sport Clips is also the largest contributor to the VFW’s Operation Uplink program, having donated almost $500,000 to help overseas soldiers call home. Sport Clips also sponsors Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR driver, Joey Logano, and holds partnerships with several teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), and National Hockey League (NHL).

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