Lowering ears and raising funds

Cliques barbershop in Dinkytown donated a day’s proceeds to Haiti relief efforts.

Barber Detronza Kirksey cuts Sports Management sophomore Hakeem Onafowokan’s hair Wednesday at Clique’s Barbershop. The Dinkytown business donated Wednesday’s earnings to relief efforts in Haiti.

Marija Majerle

Barber Detronza Kirksey cuts Sports Management sophomore Hakeem Onafowokan’s hair Wednesday at Clique’s Barbershop. The Dinkytown business donated Wednesday’s earnings to relief efforts in Haiti.

Katherine Lymn

Barber Detronza Kirksey had just started his job at Cliques Beauty and Barber on Tuesday and was working for free by Wednesday âÄî by choice. The proceeds from that day of work went to Haiti relief instead of into his pocket. As local connections to the Haiti earthquake tragedy sprout up all over the University of Minnesota campus, the Dinkytown business is using its resources to raise money. The business is co-owned by Haitian Valerie Turner, who moved to the United States from Haiti when she was 10 and had relatives in Haiti at the time of the quake. Turner did not hear from her aunt, uncle or father until five days after the quake. âÄúIt was torturous for me,âÄù Turner said. âÄúEvery time youâÄôre watching TV and you saw those bodies, youâÄôre sort of thinking, âÄòOK, my father is probably one of those people.âÄô âÄù Turner said she canâÄôt help but be grateful for the support system she found in Cliques and for the time donated by the employees. âÄúIt is just as great of a feeling as seeing all of the nations and all of the people who are giving in any way,âÄù she said. âÄúItâÄôs just an awesome, awesome feeling and it means so much.âÄù Barbers at the shop donated their time, and all proceeds of haircuts âÄî at their regular prices âÄî went to the American Red Cross Haiti relief fund. âÄúAside from giving personally, we wanted to do something as a company,âÄù said co-owner P.J. Hubbard. He said he hoped the shop would raise âÄúat least a couple hundred dollarsâÄù over the course of the event. âÄúWhatever type of clients we get are beneficial,âÄù Kirksey said. âÄúA barber [is] always hoping that itâÄôll pick up.âÄù Small-scale operations like this can end up being an enormous help, said Lynette Nyman, media and government relations manager for the Twin Cities chapter of the American Red Cross. Nyman referenced the popularity of a small donation sent to the Red Cross through a text message. âÄúAcross the country, for example, $31 million was raised,âÄù Nyman said. âÄúAnd that was $10 per text.âÄù Twin Cities Red Cross fundraising events manager Hilary Smith said she has heard from more than 100 small businesses, schools and other community groups inquiring about what they can do to help Haiti. âÄúEvery organization that does a little, it really adds up, whether itâÄôs a couple hundred dollars or a couple thousand dollars,âÄù Smith said. Acknowledging the expected long-term relief efforts in Haiti, Hubbard said the shop is planning at least one more similar charity event, most likely to take place Monday.