FORT MYERS, Fla.- A local organization already has Christmas on its mind, holding 'cuts for a cause' to raise money for its mission to help kids during Christmas.
Oma's Heart is a local charity out of Cape Coral which opens its own toy store during Christmas so families in need can come and 'shop' for gifts.
Last year, they provided gifts for more than 800 kids in Cape Coral, and plan to expand to North Fort Myers this year.
On Sunday, people could stop by Hair by Carlos off College Parkway in Fort Myers for a hair cut to benefit the organization. They asked for a $15 donation, but some people gave more. All proceeds go to buying gifts for this year's toy store.
Founder Audrey McFalls says Oma means grandmother, and the organization is named after her mother, who was always so giving to children.
She says opening the toy story for the first time last Christmas was a very special experience. "When folks came and we opened the doors and there were tears and hugs, that was our Christmas," she says.
Salon owner Carlos Dimas says he was proud to host the event at his salon. "To make kids happy, man, if I can cut hair for donations, we're paying it forward basically," he says.
The event also featured other vendors and free services, like mini manicures and hand massages.
Bobbie Symonds says she heard about the event on WINK News. "I just had surgery 4 days ago and had been stuck in the house. I knew I needed a hair cut and my husband knew that and decided to bring me here," she said.
Bea Tomlinson, who volunteered with Oma's Heart at last year's toy store, says she was happy to get a hair cut and support the organization. "I was blessed last year, had the opportunity to help directly with the families last year as they did their Christmas shopping and get their gifts and it was beautiful to see."
For more information on Oma's Heart, visit their website at www.omasheart.org.