The same patriotic anonymous donor as last year, came forward again this year to ask Jan Kresge, owner and operator of Jan's Barber Shop, located at 434 Delaware Ave. in Palmerton, if he could pay for the haircuts of any active military personnel who came into her shop from May 3-May 27.
Jan was only too happy to agree. She even purchased an Oster Operation Homefront special edition camouflage clipper. Oster has pledged to make a $25,000 donation to the troops and their families from the sales. She also purchased two camouflage drapes, that says, "Support Our Troops."
The anonymous donor also bought Jan an American flag to hang outside the shop during her open hours, which are Tuesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Tuesdays 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m. during the Operation: Haircuts for the Military campaign.
Chad Jones, 23 of Lehighton, plans on taking advantage of the offer of free haircuts for active military. Having served in the United States Army from 2008-2010, he is currently serving in the National Guard and expects to be deployed in six months to Kuwait and Iraq.
The Palmerton High School 2006 graduate says that he joined the Army to increase his options and help him decide what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. And also help make a difference, hoping one day it makes all the fighting worth while. His philosophy is "Life is too short to wake up with regrets. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. No one said it would be easy, but they promise it will be worth it."
He thinks the idea of someone paying for military personnel haircuts is awesome. "It shows us you do care and respect us."