As the season of goodwill reaches its festive climax, a bunch of hairdressers have been spreading some Christmas cheer in Ogden, Utah by offering free haircuts to homeless people.
In a heartwarming video, stylist Mandie Barnes explained she was inspired to arrange the event after seeing a hairdresser in New York City do a similar thing.
“I wanted to do it around Christmas because I thought it’s the reason for the season, I want to remember what Christmas is all about,” She said.
The tear-jerker of a clip goes on to reveal a group of hairdressers gave their time for free, while the local community and business donated salon equipment, hats, socks, and food for the event.
While cutting hair may seem like a small gesture, a simple trim can provide a vital boost of confidence to a homeless person and is also a form of interaction in a life that can often feel very isolating.
“It means a lot to me, it makes me feel respectable again,” said one client. “Just like an average person.”
“As a homeless person it’s quite nice having a lady touch my hair and make it look cool,” another admitted, adding: “I feel human again. It’s awesome, bringing a little tear to my eye.”