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Fund Razor for Kootenai Community Church
Fund Razor for Kootenai Community Church

Kootenai Community Church has been fundrasing and slowly building a new location for 12 years. They are in the home stretch, and to raise money for the finishing costs, one community member has volunteered to shave his Sampson-like locks.


You may have met Ed Barba either working for Waste Management or working with Awana kids. In the last 20 years Barba has only cut his long hair twice, and the last time he went bald was as a child. When Bonnie Mauck asked if he'd be willing to face the razor he jumped on board.


“You know why not? For a good cause my hair will grow back...hopefully,” says Barba. Mauck and the Kootenai Community Church are hoping to raise $5,000 in pledges for Barba's hair, but he says he'll give it a shave no matter what.


Jim Osman, the church pastor, says it will be nice to finally have building that's all their own. For years, the Awana club of about 100 kids has met at the current building, but the congregation has outgrown the facility. On Sundays, they worship in the gym at Kootenai Elementary School. The church has been committed to building their new place completely debt free, raising funds as they go and doing what ever work they can themselves.


Now, the building is in the final stages and crews have begun the hang drywall, “Its getting very exciting,” says Mauck, who had the idea for the “fund razor” after seeing a similar one on the news about a year ago. Mauck thought of Barba, not only because shaving his head would be the most dramatic, but also because he is well known and “very lovable”.


Ed Barba will sacrifice his long locks on May 11th at 11:00 a.m. at Jeff Jones Square. An anonymous donor has volunteered to match whatever money is pledged to help finish the Kootenai Community Church. To make a pledge contact Bonnie Mauck at (208) 597-4282.

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