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‘Celebrate Nate’ helps those battling addictions; haircut fundraiser will be held Saturday

Posted 8/15/18

You can get a haircut and donate to a good cause from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 18, at Bridget’s Beauty Biz, 296 Second St., Highspire.

All haircuts are for a $15 donation, and all …

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‘Celebrate Nate’ helps those battling addictions; haircut fundraiser will be held Saturday

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You can get a haircut and donate to a good cause from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 18, at Bridget’s Beauty Biz, 296 Second St., Highspire.

All haircuts are for a $15 donation, and all proceeds will go to the “Celebrate Nate” fund. No appointments are necessary, and haircuts will be provided first-come, first-serve between 9 a.m. and noon.

A raffle will be held for gift baskets, with all proceeds also going to Celebrate Nate.

Celebrate Nate was started by the family of Nate Brown of Middletown, who died from a heroin overdose at age 25 on Aug. 11, 2013. He was a 2005 graduate of Middletown Area High School.

“Our family came up with the idea to help individuals struggling with addiction and to help save others’ lives,” Nate’s mother Karen Brown said in a statement provided to the Press & Journal.

Celebrate Nate works through the Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol department, and through the county Work Release program.

The Brown family started it with the goal of helping young men and women who are about Nate’s age, who are struggling with addiction, Brown said. Since then, the effort has expanded to include folks of pretty much any age who are in need, Brown said.

Celebrate Nate raises money to provide gift cards for food and to help people get ready for job interviews, bus passes for transportation, and more.

Celebrate Nate also works with local recovery houses to pay for rent for people coming out of drug rehabilitation.

“To date we have provided assistance to approximately 15 to 20 young men and women, through services mentioned above, as well as recently paying for Suboxone for someone who could not afford their medications,” Brown said.

Suboxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of opiate dependence such as heroin addiction.

Celebrate Nate provided rent and bus passes for a young woman who has been clean and sober more than two years, Brown said. The group covered the cost of medication for another woman for several weeks until her insurance came through.

One young man helped by Celebrate Nate has been clean and sober more than two years. He manages a recovery house and recently became a father.

“We consider what we do to be ‘small acts of kindness,’” Brown said. “Nate was such a kind and giving young man, even through his disease of addiction. This is what we feel he would want us to do. We promised ourselves that we would never let his memory die. We will fight for his cause through others. We don’t consider what we do to be any major contribution, however we have learned that some consider us to be ‘angels’ and we have ‘saved their lives.’ This is what we hope to continue and feel we are at a place where we can grow and become more involved in the cause.”

Celebrate Nate also holds a picnic every year on July 3 to celebrate Nate’s life.