Elkhart Hair Salon ‘Eliminates Bullying’ with Rio’s Rainbow Fundraiser

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ELKHART, Ind.,–Kimi’s Hair Designs in Elkhart doesn’t just cut hair, it eliminates bullying. In honor of Alopecia Awareness Month in September, the salon is raising funds for Rio Allred, a Northside Middle School student who died by suicide after being bullied because of alopecia.

You can not only get that much-needed haircut, but also support a cause near and dear to the community. Proceeds go to Rio’s Rainbow, the nonprofit created in his name with a mission to ensure that all children attend school without fear by directing its efforts towards education, legislation and accountability.

Lori Meherg, stylist at Kimi’s Hair Designs and organizer of the event, hopes to raise money and support a cause to raise awareness about bullying in schools.

“Too many children suffer from bullying at school, at home,” Meherg said. “We just want to raise awareness. We just want to raise money to provide resources for children and families. We want to send the message that this is something that needs to change.

Fundraising is near and dear to Meherg.

“Well, I knew Rio personally, so that hit me,” Meherg said. “In a situation like this, what can you do to help? You do everything you can.

Meherg is a family friend of Rio; she has known her since she started learning to walk. The news of her passing was devastating to her and many others in the community, so she decided to use her hairdressing skills in her honor.

“We try to make a difference not only in the community, but also in the lives of our children. Children are our future,” Meherg said. “So we’re trying to make a better place for our kids this year. We want to let people know that’s one thing — it’s not new. This is something that needs to change; it is something that must stop.

To enter, visit Kimi’s Hair Designs (705 County Road 6 E Elkhart, IN 46514) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Haircuts are on a first come, first served basis.

If you don’t need a haircut, there will also be a bake sale at the salon to benefit Rio’s Rainbow. You can donate in person or visit the nonprofit’s website.

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