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#WeSeeYouKSHB: Teen offers to shave head for donations to food pantry

Posted at 6:51 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 19:51:01-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After volunteering at a Riverside food pantry for nearly a year, 16-year-old Allie Caldon wanted to do more to help those who are food insecure during this pandemic.

So, Caldon and her family launched a Facebook fundraiser on May 1, but she decided to put a twist on it. If she could raise $5,000 by 7 p.m. on May 4, she said she'll shave her head live on Facebook.

"During quarantine I've not been able to go there because they have a limited amount of volunteers," Caldon said. "So, I decided I wanted to be able to raise more money to give to Mimi's Food Pantry and being able to do that, I can do that at my house. So, I thought why not do a fundraiser and shave my head for a laugh while I raise money for a good cause."

As of 6:45 p.m. Caldon was still short of the $5,000 goal, but Caldon told 41 Action News she might shave her head regardless of reaching her goal.

"I think shaving my head is inspiring to others," Caldon said. "You know, a teenage girl would probably get lots of comments at school with students and stuff. So, I think shaving my head is a bold move. It doesn't have to be shaving your head, but I think doing something inspiring like that is something that will raise a lot of money."

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