Great Clips to donate $5K after hair donations found in Gastonia dumpster

by: Erica Bryant Updated:

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GASTONIA, N.C. - Some customers who got their hair cut for charity at a Great Clips in Gastonia are upset that their donations and their personal information were thrown out in a dumpster.
 
The bags of hair also had labels with donors’ names, addresses and phone numbers.

Someone reportedly found them in a dumpster behind the Great Clips hair salon at Franklin Square shopping center.
 
The discovery happened Tuesday, and employees retrieved all the hair and placed it in a secure location, Great Clips spokesman Paul Omodt said.
 
Wigs for Kids, the Ohio-based charity that helps children battling cancer, was notified.
 
Officials at the Great Clips headquarters are investigating, Omodt said.
 
‘What do you say to people who tried to give those donations and thought they were going to children?” Omodt said. “We apologize for the delay getting them to the children."
 
Omodt said about five of the hair donations were damaged and that 95 of them could be saved.

“We know the majority of them will go to the children, and we know the charity is looking forward to getting the donations,” Omodt said.

Great Clips officials said Wednesday they will donate $5,000 to Wigs for Kids.  

Although the discovery was made Tuesday, one customer said she donated her hair one year ago.

If customers have questions, they can call the company's toll free number 1-800-999-5959.

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