NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Just in time for school, one organization is helping kids look their best. And also helping out others in their community who may not have the cash to get something most take for granted, a haircut.
It's not a typical sound, or site on the New Haven Green. But Wednesday, barbers and beauticians gave haircuts to the homeless.
"I was homeless. And when I was homeless, I wanted people to help me. I know what it's like to sleep outside. I know what it's like," said Jesse Hardy, Jesse's Homeless Outreach Projects.
That is why Jesse gives back to the homeless in any way he can, through his organization "Jesse's Homeless Outreach Projects," holding cookouts, giving away clothes and food.
Haircuts are his most recent idea. People stood in line on a hot day, to get a fresh new look.
"I appreciate these guys coming here, giving back to the community. And that's a blessing. Plus, I didn't have the money to get it cut, and it's a free haircut," said Horace Melton, who was getting a haircut.
For homeless parents sending kids back to school, this is a big help.
"It's hard and stuff like this where kids can come and get it done, it helps, especially being in between places and back and forth," said Ashley Depino.
When asked if he was excited to get his hair cut, Giovanni Cardona said, "yes."
The organizer of this event hopes to make it a regular thing and to do that, he's looking for more help from the community.
"We need other people to get involved," said Hardy. "It's great, it's just a good thing to do."
The men and women behind the clippers and scissors are not only giving their styling talent, but giving up their day off to help others.
"I'm always willing to give back to the community," said Dexter Jones, a barber.
"We give them haircuts, it makes them look better. And they feel better," said Hardy.
Donations can be sent to"
Stark Community Bank
c/o James E O’Brian
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