Lubbock barber provides free haircuts for the homeless

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In extreme heat, it's easy for us to take little things for granted like grabbing a bottle of water when we're thirsty, but that bottle of water could be lifeline to someone who can't afford to buy it.

That type of thinking led one Lubbock barber to want to make a difference the only way he could.

Picking up the clippers or a pair of scissors is nothing new to John Romo, but out of his 19 years of cutting hair this was the only day he worked for free.

Romo moved right outside Touch of Beauty salon and barber shop right off Avenue Q to set up shop to give free haircuts to Lubbock's homeless.

"Just the fact that they're out here dealing with this weather the heat, the cold, the rain, and the snow, it's like the world has forgotten a lot of them, so try to come out here today to make them feel better," Romo said.

He wants to make the homeless population look better and feel better.

"The same thing a haircut does for anybody. It makes you feel better. If you're feeling down, get a haircut," Romo said. "The smile spoke for itself because they are a little bit timid, but the smile said it all."

With the help of his family and friends, Romo transformed everyone who walked over and sat in a chair.

He even gave back the old fashioned way by passing out water, snacks, and hygiene products.

"Just the feeling of helping other people, because I live down the street and the homeless population here are everywhere," he said. "People seem to forget about them, so if we can do something to up lift them and help them out a little bit, that's what made me want to do this."

Romo says the event was a huge success and he plans to have more in the future. Over 50 people in the homeless population came out for the event.

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