Salon Drive for Troops and Toys for Tots

By Lauren Salapatek | 11/22/2010 10:06:21 AM


Clark Russell Salon, as seen on the style network show “Split Ends”, is helping out the US Marine Corps and Blue Star Moms Group by hosting a “Toys for Tots” toy drive. The salon is offering $5.00 off any hair care retail purchase for a donation of a new unwrapped toy for the “Toys for Tots” program at their Lafayette Salon. The salon is also helping the Blue Star Moms Group with finding donated items for care packages to send overseas to the troops abroad.

Photo courtesy: Gina Blair Photography

 Celebrity Stylist Clark Russell holding an Elmo doll with a Marine.

The owner and celebrity stylist, Clark Russell, who is also a retired Veteran of the US Navy, came up with the idea when his client Sally Mancino was in the salon donating for their recent food drive for the Contra Costa County Food Bank. Sally, whose son is an active Marine, is also part of the Blue Star Moms Group which aids troops overseas.

The salon is encouraging their clients and members of the community to donate this season to the troops and for “Toys for Tots”. All toys for the “Toys for Tots” program may be dropped off at Clark Russell Salon before December 18.

Mary Ellen Mancino-Dudum (holding Barbie), and Chase and Walker Dudum (holding Elmo and calendar).

Those who wish to donate items for care packages for the troops may also drop off items or ship them to Clark Russell Salon located at 3400 Mt Diablo Blvd Ste 3 Lafayette, CA 94549. Items in need are brown and black socks that wick away moisture, dried fruits and nuts, instant coffee and like beverages, packaged cookies, candies, crackers and baked goods, toiletries, personal hygiene items, throat lozenges and lip balm.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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