Minnesota Barbershop Gives Free Haircuts And Backpacks To Kids Going Back To School

by Kelly Glass
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A good block party complete with food and games can get kids excited to head back to school. For parents, the icing on the cake at this bash was the free school supplies and the free haircuts from barber Milan Dennie.

Milan, owner of King Milan’s Barbershop in St. Paul, Minnesota, knows firsthand how hard back-to-school can be on parents financially. He remembers his own childhood growing up in a single-parent household and the pressure to have new shoes, clothes, and a fresh haircut heading back. That’s why he began giving away haircuts and school supplies.

On Labor Day, Milan and the other barbers started giving haircuts at about 9 a.m. and worked for 12 hours, cutting more than 200 heads of kids’ hair.

“It’s important that kids and parents know we care and respect” every one of them, Milan told “Them spending the day with us shows the parents care about the self-esteem of their child.”

Milan’s passion for helping his community is certainly selfless. He does what he does for one reason: “Just to see how happy the crowd was, that is the most important reason I do this.”

In addition to the free haircuts and food, the back-to-school supplies collected from community donations went into 200 backpacks that Milan says were also full of “plenty of time and love.”

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