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Local Great Clips donates proceeds to paralyzed Madison firefighter
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By requesting a special voucher, customers at Great Clips in Covington can channel $5 per haircut until July 26 to a special fund for Morgan County Firefighter Kevin Stephenson, who was paralyzed in a car accident March 26.

According to the Stephenson’s blog, he was responding to a fire when he drove off the road, struck an embankment and was ejected from his truck. Stephenson fractured his spine and is paralyzed from the middle of his chest down.

"In hoping for the best, I am wanting to walk again, but according to everyone here at Shepherd Spinal Center, I need to plan on being in a wheelchair for the rest of my life, so I have committed myself to learning the skills I need to function on a daily basis from a wheelchair," Stephenson wrote on the blog.

Charlene Conn owns the local Great Clips, located in Covington Centre, off Ga. Highway 142 across from Wal-Mart, and her father is a fellow Morgan County firefighter. She heard the family needed help and decided to donate part of her proceeds to Stephenson’s cause.

Until July 26, Covington’s Great Clips will donate $5 of each full price haircut, if the customer asks for a "Cut for Kevin" voucher when he or she walks in. The money will be donated to the Kevin Stephenson Firefighter Assistance Fund. Haircuts at Great Clips cost $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 10 years of age and younger. In addition, customers who use a voucher will receive a $5 off coupon for their next haircut at the Covington Great Clips.

"For us, that’s part of the beauty of being business owners. We love doing community events. A business gives you a great vehicle to do community service," Conn said. "We felt this was something we could do, because we often feel helpless that we can’t physically help the person."

Conn said support has been slow so far, but she hopes to have an influx of customers interested in helping Stephenson and to be able to donate $2,000 or more.

In addition, according to an article in the Morgan County Citizen, donations may be made directly to the assistance fund at the Bank of Morgan County in Madison, Decatur First Bank in Decatur and Lake Oconee Community Bank in Greensboro.

Stephenson, 32, has a wife, Katie, and a 20-month old baby, Miriam. On his blog, Stephenson said he will greatly miss not being able to physically help people, but he will continue to work as a firefighter to assist and train others.