Kreative Kutz was aided in this effort by several community-based organizations including Zeta Tau Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
This is the second year the program has existed and the second time that Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. has participated.
When asked why she does this, Valerie Toliver, owner of Kreative Kutz and the Barbering Institute said that it is because of the economy and her belief in helping others.
Valerie and her team consisting of Joseph Tett and Jennifer Devine gave away to school kids Back Packs, Bus Tokens, and other school items to help families get their kids ready for school.
Valerie is a mother of two children, one who is a college graduate and the other is on her way to college.
She continued, "This is what I do and what I know how to do and it is my way of giving back." She knows what it is like to manage meager resources.
The event continued throughout the day. Disraeli Ellison, Vice President of Zeta Tau Foundation and spokesperson for Zeta Tau Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, said that the Fraternity and the Foundation are strong supporters of this project.
We raise funds to help the youth of our community because "we care about them, we know that they are capable of greatness; and, when encouraged to do their best, it empowers them, they bring honor to us, and their success uplifts the community," he said.
Speaking about the importance of going back to school, Ellison continued, "We understand that education is the corner stone of economic empowerment not just attaining it but maintaining it."
Because of what Valerie Toliver and her team is doing at Kreative Kutz as well as community-based volunteer organizations such as the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, one more small trans4mation toward greatness will be made by another kid from the Pasadena-Altadena neighborhood who will be going back to school this fall.