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Jacksonville barber shop hosts toy drive

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - Hurricane Florence has made it difficult for some families to celebrate this holiday season. That's why a local barber shop has decided to host a toy drive for children in the community.
“We do have a toy drive going on for local community donating toys to the kids maybe it could be due to the Hurricane, just some reason that their family was not able to give to the kids, so at least when their kids wake up, they have something to go to," Melissa Shepard, State of the Art Barber Shop Stylist, said.
The idea of a toy drive began when the stylists realized some of their customers had been effected by Hurricane Florence. This is why State of the Art decided to take action.
“Because the community supports us. We’re in the community and that’s what it’s all about,” Jammie Grizz Mitchell, Manager of State of the Art, said.
Brandon Earl Griffin, Master Stylist, said he believes in local businesses giving back.
“Local businesses are what keeps America alive it’s the American dream, you know, everybody has a dream," Griffin said. "Some people go through hardships. Fellow Americans look out for each other so I believe in local businesses giving back.”
Toys are being collected at the barber shop for kids of all ages until Dec. 15th.
“We plan on having a Christmas party here at the shop, you know refreshments, a little music, some games,” Mitchell said.
All of the toys will be distributed t the Christmas party on Dec 15th.

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