2018-08-08 / News

Local barbershop gives free back-to-school haircuts

DIANA ROYAL


From left, Chris Williams, Daniel Walker and Shaquelle Williams stand with local school children who were among the dozens to receive free haircuts. From left, Chris Williams, Daniel Walker and Shaquelle Williams stand with local school children who were among the dozens to receive free haircuts. Masses of children headed back to the classroom for the 2018-2019 school year this week, and many of them were sporting new haircuts courtesy of a local barbershop.

Brothers Chris and Shaquelle Williams teamed up with their cousin Daniel Walker of ShoDaBarber barbershop in Waynesboro to find a little something different they could do to help the droves of students prepping for the new year.

“Having big hearts and positive plans, we came up with the idea solely for the purpose of giving back to the same community we grew up in,” Chris said, as they last line of children filtered out of the shop on Thursday afternoon. “We wanted to make it fun for the kids and also help them in more ways than one, which is why with the haircuts we also gave out school supplies.”


Children did not leave the barbershop empty-handed. The Williams brothers saw to it that they also had school supplies to help prepare them for their first day back. Children did not leave the barbershop empty-handed. The Williams brothers saw to it that they also had school supplies to help prepare them for their first day back. Chris and Shaquelle say the trio’s goal was to extend the offer to 50 local children over a two-day period, but after they hit and surpassed their goal, they just kept going. “When it comes to the kids, we couldn’t say no.”

Aside from the haircuts and school supplies, the men took time to interact with the children, chatting about school activities and offering guidance. “The greatest part was to meet new faces and also being able to give them encouraging advice for this upcoming school year,” he went on to say. “We’re aiming to become much more active throughout the community. It’s truly a blessing to be able to bless others and this is only the beginning.”

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