Kids receive free haircuts for the new school year
LAWTON, Okla._School starts Friday in Lawton and one barbershop in town is making sure students are going back with a fresh haircut.
For the fifth straight year, Tru-Skillz on Sheridan Road held their back-to-school free hair cut day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The free giveaway helped make sure around 30 kids had a new look for the start of the school year.
The free haircuts were originally scheduled to only go until 2:00 p.m., but with so many kids wanting to get a new cut they couldn't turn them down.
For five years now, Tru-Skillz has been on the corner of northwest Lindy Avenue and Sheridan Road and is an integral part of this community. For all the support the community has given the barbershop, they wanted to give back.
"It just feels good to give back, everybody comes out and supports us and shows they appreciate us doing it," said barbershop owner Kut Dogg.
The idea was brought to the barbershop owner by one of his friends when they first moved their shop to the new location. He said they are generally closed on Monday’s but if they are going to come in on their day off this is the right reason.
For many, this free hair cut means more than just a fresh look for the beginning of school, this can mean getting new clothes or school supplies for the year. Meagan Whetzel was a mother at the giveaway and said the barbershop has always been an asset to the community and their years of giving away haircuts reflects that.
"It helps out a lot of families like it did ours," said Whetzel.
Free haircuts weren't the only thing being given away. Kut Dogg says there was also some school supplies and free food.
"Some of the kids are not too happy about the hair cuts but they love the free food," said Kut Dogg.
Kut Dogg says a normal haircut for a kid can be anywhere from $10 to $15. The barbershop had upwards of 40 children meaning they did around $600 of pro bono work to help out back-to-school students.
Kut Dogg says they'll be back at again next year on the first Monday before school starts.