Good people deserve good things and that's just what happened recently in Philadelphia. Brennon Jones, a trained barber, began giving free haircuts to homeless people on the city sidewalks.
I was traveling to work one day, and I seen a guy. I gave him a dollar, and I think I had a piece of fruit or something. He was very appreciative, but on my way home I was asking myself what else could I do? What else could I offer that gentleman? I said maybe I could use my talent in hair cutting to provide a service that could potentially brighten someone's day.
And that's just what he did.
Almost a year after the original story aired on television, Jones was concerned that cold winter weather would force him to put a hold on the free haircuts. That is, until a stranger stepped in to bring the holiday spirit a little early. Sean Johnson saw the story about Jones and decided to give the young man a fully renovated barbershop of his own — for free. Johnson donated the shop because, having once been incarcerated, he knows what it is to bounce back from hard times.
When I was in there, I went to school, learned how to cut hair; my mother paid for my license, and I’m not gonna let my mom down.
He made good on his word, becoming the owner of the successful Taper's Barbershop.
When I found out, well, I need to be part of that. I need to see what I can do to help.
Johnson took Jones to the location of the new shop and asked him if he liked it. Jones said he did, and Johnson tossed him the keys, saying, "It’s yours."
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.
The new barbershop will open for business in November, with days set aside to serve the homeless community.
This made my f-ing day. Thanks for sharing. Good on them both.— CRCSF (@CrcsfNotme) November 7, 2017
Beautiful stories like this restore my faith in humanity.— Ariana Flores Gordon (@arifloresgordon) November 7, 2017