Sarasota, FL (WWSB) – A haircut can be more than just a haircut.
That’s the attitude of Jetson Grimes, owner of Jetson’s Creative Trends barber shop in Newtown. For years, his store set aside a day to give children in the community the chance to swing for a free cut.
This time around, the Sarasota Police Department is joining forces with the effort to build relationships with the young people who walk in and out of the store and help them choose free books before they go.
Grimes told ABC7 when he started shaving the boy’s head with thick curly hair using an electric razor. He tells us that getting a nice haircut “makes you look and feel better,” and hopes all young people in his community capture that feeling when they return to his second semester class this year. I think.
More than that, it can shape a person’s way of thinking, so they can believe in themselves and succeed in the world.
Grimes estimates that Newtown has probably cut five or six generations of hair. Those in his community have kept his business alive for decades, so they feel this is a chance to give back and show appreciation to all those who have ensured his own success.
“This is just an opportunity to help children and families,” Grimes said. “Hey, getting a haircut costs a little money. I help my kids get nice haircuts.”
Grimes also explained that many of the books handed out from his free library tell stories of black history.
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