- Associated Press - Monday, December 21, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Barbers and hairstylists have gathered to give free haircuts to over 100 people living in Omaha homeless shelters.

The Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1TcKQRX ) reports that 113 people were given haircuts by 17 barbers and stylists on Sunday afternoon. Beauchamp Alejandro, owner of Evoluxion Barbershop, organized the event in conjunction with National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, which is held annually on Dec. 21.

“It might seem like a small thing, but everyone feels better about themselves when they look their best,” Alejandro said. “We wanted to give back to the community, and we thought the best way to do that is to do something for the homeless.”

This was the first time that the event was held, but Alejandro says he and others visit shelters at least twice a month to give free haircuts.

Terri, who would only give her first name, said she was “very relieved” to get a haircut.

“It’s not something that you put at the top of your list when you’re struggling to find work and get your own place again, but it really does mean a lot to me,” she said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to know that there are people like this who do care, especially at Christmas time.”

In addition to a haircut, people were given a gift bag with grooming products and a meal courtesy of the MexiRican Restaurant.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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