Princeton man raises more than $4,000 for Clausens
PRINCETON — There have been numerous ongoing fundraising efforts in the county and beyond to help support the Clausen family. Caleb Clausen, a 6-year-old from Walnut, was riding an electric bike last month when his bike went into the roadway and traveled under the tandem of an empty tank trailer. Caleb received several life threatening injuries and still remains in the hospital.
Richard Taylor of Princeton was among the many who knew he had to do something for the family. He said news of the accident hit him hard.
“I raised five kids. I’ve got nine grandbabies. I don’t know the family, but I had to do something,” he said.
On Oct. 2, Taylor wrote on his Facebook page, saying if he could get people to pledge $2,000, he’d shave all his hair, beard and mustache, which he hadn’t done in forever, he said.
He immediately received responses from people who read his post and in less than 24 hours, he had met the goal of $2,000. He even received a $500 donation from Cub Scout Pack #4056 from Wyanet, Buda and Sheffield.
Taylor kept his word and on Friday, Oct. 6, was met with dozens of family and friends at Grandma Rosie’s in Princeton, where they anxiously waited to see Taylor make good on his promise. Many were still pulling dollars from their purses and wallets and writing out checks on the spot before the haircut even began.
Taylor’s beautician, Kelly Morris, owner of Guys and Gals, was there ready with the clippers. And at noon sharp, the hair began to fall as spectators cheered Taylor on.
Taylor and his wife, Julie, both agreed it was an emotional experience, but because it was for such a great cause, it was well worth it.
Even following Taylor’s haircut, it was unclear how much money was donated, because many were still tossing checks and dollars into the charity bucket. But at the end of the day on Friday, Morris reported Taylor’s fundraiser made $4,974.40, which was deposited into a bank account for the Clausen family.
Following the haircut, Taylor said the last time he shaved his head was about 20 years ago when he tried to dye his hair white at Christmastime to be Santa Claus, but it turned orange instead.
Taylor said his hair wasn’t the longest it’s been in the past. Just a few months back, he had 24 inches cut off his beard and 23 inches cut off his hair, which he donated to the Locks of Love cause.
“I would have never had long hair. I was a policeman for 30 years and she (Julie) said she was tired of looking at my bald head because I always kept my hair really short,” Taylor said following his haircut.
Now sporting a new do, Taylor said he just wants the Clausen family to know they are in his prayers constantly.
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