HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – After watching a video of a hairstylist giving free haircuts to homeless people in New York City, Kari Apfelbeck decided to bring the idea to the Miami Valley.
“I just wanted to help people that couldn’t afford it,” said Apfelbeck. “You know you look good, you feel good.”
Apfelbeck, a local hairstylist, posted her idea on Facebook, and quickly received a reply from a friend and manager of Cricket Wireless on Brandt Pike, saying that they would love to host the free haircut event.
“I’m always trying to do events, trying to give back to the community, trying to help people out, and when I saw Kari post that she was looking for a place to do the event at, to cut hair, it just seemed right down my alley,” said Cricket Wireless store manager, Tommy Potts.
Potts said he knows the need for a free service like this in the area, not just for homeless people, but also for those with restricted income.
“The veterans, people on SSI and disability,” said Potts. “My mother’s on disability as well, so she only gets a certain income every month and just that little extra money can help someone out.”
Organizers said the event was open to everyone, and it ran from noon-6 p.m. at the Cricket Wireless on Brandt Pike.
However, they hope to continue the event in the future every three or four months and need more hairstylists willing to help out.
If you are interested in the event or volunteering services, contact Potts at (937) 813-2067.