SIOUX FALLS, SD -
"There is not a day that goes by that you don't think about it," Cost Cutters Manager Alissa Doom said. One year ago, everything changed at Cost Cutters in Sioux Falls.
The once bubbly and outgoing manager Amanda Connors was killed trying to keep her employees safe. And now a year later, those co-workers are keeping her memory alive with a Cut-A-Thon.
"Parts of us have strengthened; it’s hard though. You just think back to Amanda and she always made things fun and she was so spunky and joked about everything so it’s not as peppy as it used to be, but we are trying to keep it going," Doom said.
Doom is now the manager of Cost Cutters, filling the role after her friend and co-worker was killed. It's a task she says is bittersweet.
"It was huge. I mean it was awesome. But it’s hard to fill big shoes, but you do the best you can and know that she is there supporting you," Doom said.
Knowing she has the support of Amanda with her always is what she says she needs to be here today, giving back in Amanda's name.
"I know she would do it for me if the shoe was on the other foot so I can’t do anything but the same," Doom said.
So today, Doom will face her fear and the girls will cut hair for a scholarship in Amanda's name.
"I didn't want to be here that day. I didn't know if I was strong enough to go through it but with this Cut-A-Thon, it’s forcing me to come here and turn this into hopefully a positive thing. And not just remember it for the tragedy but also do something good for the day," Doom said.
The hairstylists will sharpen their scissors and accept donations for the Cut-A-Thon on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. They are asking for at least a $10 donation. All proceeds will go to a scholarship fund in Amanda’s name at Stewart School.
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