About 30 kids received free haircuts Wednesday through a partnership with the Coyote Closet.
The Coyote Closet is a room filled with school clothing, shoes and food for students in need. Every item, new or gently used, is donated by the community and given to families at no cost. It is located in a classroom at the old Nayer School building at 500 E. Hill.
While some students searched for clothes others were, in another room, getting a new haircut. This is the first year the haircuts have been offered.
Thanks to members of the BT Church, Beauty Bar and Stay Blessed students were also able to get a haircut.
According to Pastor Mat Moreno with the BT Church, the idea came from a simple conversation when a child asked his more about a haircut before school. Moreno and a church member, Luis Ibarra, began thinking of how they could give kids that fresh fade for the new school year.
Coyote Closet's founder Anjanette Benavides, has seen first hand how families, right here in Alice, struggle to pay bills, put food on the table and clothe their children over the last few years.
With the assistance of the Alice community Benavides has been able to help families not only with clothes and shoes, but also with food and hygiene products.
Since the start of Coyote Closet, Benavides has clothed hundreds of families in Alice and surrounding communities throughout the school years. This year, Benavides and the community wear able to step up and help an Alice High School student with the proper attire for his senior pictures.
Families must be referred to the organization through the school or a social service agency. Benavides must verify that the students in need are enrolled in a local school, which also helps Benavides determine what the child needs to comply with the schools dress code.
Benavides continues to urge the community to donate to the Coyote Closet so that local children don't miss out on an education.