Some smiling and styling students stepped out of the Wilson-Gray YMCA on Monday and it was all thanks to a team of barbers, who gave a few hundred free haircuts.
Those cutting the hair told Eyewitness News that the payoff was priceless.
“You need to brush your hair every day,” said Lebert Lester II, who is the owner of the barbershop, It's a Gee Thang.
That advice was free right alongside with the haircut for 8-year-old Kaiu Hercules, of Hartford.
“I think that's a really good thing, and it helps our community a lot,” Kaiu said.
“Sometime we'll put a part or a design,” Lester said. “You know we just do things to make them feel really nice about themselves because every kid loves a great haircut."
It's a Gee Thang is located in Hartford’s north end, and on Monday, Lester closed up shop to continue an annual tradition.
“Since 1995, every year back to school is one of our biggest weeks of the business, but we do it for free,” Lester said.
This is Lester's third year partnering with the Wilson-Gray YMCA for their Books in the Barber Chair initiative.
“It's only $12 or $15. It's not a lot of money,” Lester said. “But it could mean the difference between them paying a credit card bill or a light bill or a phone bill and you know getting a kid's haircut."
Barber Bronco Davis said it's a privilege to provide a service, which offers so much more.
“Self-esteem, hope, pride, giving them something they can look forward to,” Davis said.
With more than a dozen years of experience, kids said they're in good hands.
“I feel good because he knows what he's doing,” Kaiu said.
“I'm just blessed to be able to do it,” Davis said.
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