RENO, NV - Ten hairstylists from various local salons donated their services and time to offer free haircuts to local people who can’t afford them.
The first-ever “Haircuts from the Heart” event took place Wednesday, August 20th, with 150 people being given haircuts. In addition, 589 meals were served, 41 sandwiches distributed and 300 snack packs distributed in St. Vincent’s Dining Room on Valley Road in Reno.
The haircuts were offered first-come, first-served to anyone who needed a fresh haircut and didn’t have means to pay for one. The brand new event was created after St. Vincent’s staff recognized a dire need for this service.
“At our annual Project Homeless Connect (PHC) event in February, the haircuts were the most popular service by far. We had so many people who told us it was the only haircut they’d have all year, so we knew we needed to provide this service more often,” says Anne Schiller, Director of Program Operations at Catholic Charities.
Local hairstylist Cadye Allen, who works for national franchise Fantastic Sams, was one of the volunteers at PHC, and she says she was taught in school at Paul Mitchell to always give back to the community you live in. She says she loved every moment of volunteering and couldn’t wait to help out again.
“I was cutting hair as fast as I could so I could get as many people through my line as possible. I believe in karma. It felt good to be able to help people,” says Allen.
The goal for the event was for stylists to cut as many people’s hair as possible in the four-hour time frame. Allen says she hopes the haircuts will lead to a cleaner, more professional look for people, and ultimately, a chance to become employed.
“If this is the one thing that’s holding someone back from getting a job, then I truly hope it makes a difference for them,” says Allen.