Saratoga Springs barbershop helps out the less fortunate

August 27, 2017 07:25 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- For Jay Harrington, an Air Force veteran who has been homeless, it doesn't get better than a haircut, a quick hot meal, and few laughs with some new friends.

"It really helps with the morale," he said. "It makes you feel good."

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"I think this is fabulous," another customer said. "Saratoga is very fortunate to have events like this."

The event was the bright idea of Rasi Harper

"I'm looking to do 100 haircuts. That's my goal for the day," Harper said.

And Devin Wicks.

"We just want to start a new trend and give back to the ones that are less fortunate," Wicks said.

They said they're very fortunate to be able to run a business and do well. But that wasn't enough. They were still thinking about those who can't afford a haircut, those who might be down on their luck, or to just say thank you to those who served the United States.

"It just makes me feel good," Harper said. "I just feel good about myself just to know that I'm doing God's work and giving back."

Harper has done events like Sunday's before.

"I do it every year in Troy with Team Hero," he said. "They do the back-to-school every year."

That's when he goes on the road and sets up a tent to donate his services. He teamed up with Wicks to bring the same free service to veterans and the homeless to the Spa City. Three weeks ago, they opened up the Henry Street Barbershop

"Henry Street is one of the coolest streets in Saratoga," Harper said.

"We're just trying to change the way things are around here," Wicks added.

That change will happen the first Sunday of every month when the place will open up to the homeless and veterans.


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