In this day and age, it isn’t only lawyers who are offering their services pro bono. Dr. Kenny Wilstead fixed a battered woman’s tooth for free, to ease her recovery from domestic abuse. NFL defender Chris Long is playing this year’s entire season free-of-charge, directing his checks towards education groups. Casual barber Brennon Jones, who gives free haircuts to the homeless, is now working out of a shop donated by a stranger — at no cost, of course.
“Me, personally, I think I surpassed a thousand haircuts, so many I stopped counting. So it’s been a good year so far,” Brennon explained.
Sean Johnson, a self-made barber himself (he owns Taper’s Barbershop!), is Jones’ generous benefactor. Johnson decided to focus on the donation in place of an expansion project.
“It wasn’t about me giving a barbershop, when you look at the homeless and the things that they need, I looked at it as more. I built something and I want to see it keep going and I want to see it do a great thing,” Johnson said.
Set to open in November, the shop will cater to both regular and homeless customers. To many who call sidewalks and park benches home, the occasional haircut provides a much-needed boost of confidence.