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Look for the Helpers: Principal honors Valedictorians, Barbershop gives back

As our area is faced with ongoing changes due to a growing pandemic, we are bringing stories of people doing good in the community during a time of uncertainty.

Help us look for the helpers!

The Valedictorian

This year's Valedictorians at Pacifica High School in Oxnard got a special visit from their Principal Ted Lawrence and more than a dozen teachers.

Lawrence posted videos on his Twitter page capturing the surprise.

Lawrence and the teachers visited the homes of all 9 valedictorians to present them with their medals which are normally awarded on Graduation Day.

Their senior year ended early because of the Coronavirus, but Lawrence said he wanted to make sure the students know they are loved.

Zodo's Gives Back

Zodo's bowling alley in Goleta delivered pizza, salads and cookies to Cottage Hospital.

The owner's said they want to show support to hospital staff for all of their hard work during the COVID-19 crisis.

Each pizza box had a note that read in part, "Our gratitude for you is endless. You are and have always been an essential part of what makes out community strong, healthy, happy and resilient."

Barbershop Donations

Richie's Barber Shop in Montecito is helping those in need during the pandemic.

The barber shop held a clothing drive for Adam's Angels, a local group helping the homeless.

Richie's Barber Shop learned that there was a shortage of men's clothing, so barbers asked their male clientele to donate.

They collected a truck full of clothes and Adam's Angels founder Adam McKaig said, "I had no idea they were going to do this. Wow!"

Richie's Barber Shop has been closed for months because of the pandemic.

The barbers said they want to stay busy and involved in the community as they wait to hear when they can reopen safely.

Know of any other helpers making a difference during these trying times? Send Alys an email and let her know!

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