For the second year, the H.L. Neblett Center is giving back to the community, offering back-to-school haircuts for kids.
Offered from 3 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the H.L. Neblett Center, 12 licensed barbers and 12 braiding stylists will be on-site to get kids ready for the upcoming school year by offering haircuts and simple braids.
Last year, over 50 boys and girls attended the event and one of the coordinators, Ashley Hester, said they hope to have more this year.
Neblett Center teachers T’onna Drake and Tanya James contacted many of those who are providing the services, including Stephanie Boling, Tyler Wimatt, William Dixon and Chris Seaton. Each are donating their time and services to help the families of the community.
Seaton, who recently became a licensed barber, said that when he was asked, he knew this would be the perfect opportunity to give back.
“Someone did it for me — I grew up in that area — and I can fill a hole,” Seaton said of his involvement. “I am just trying to serve.”
Along with those who are offering their services, Beauty Bar has donated hair products, but Hester said the center is accepting beauty products such as combs and gel, along with food and drink donations for the children to enjoy while they wait for their services.
“The Neblett Center has been here since 1936, and we’ve always open our arms to the community in whatever capacity we can,” Hester said. “The community should come together to help one another, and we want to be the example along with the people that support us, like the barbers and braiders stepping up to do what they can.”