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A downtown Tulsa salon has given several free haircuts to some people experiencing homelessness over the last few weeks. Some of those recipients reached out to Channel 8 to do a story on the barbers to thank them.
"We needed it, you know, in this situation. You know, sometimes you need a haircut to get yourself a job and, you know, look good for that," said Bruno Giannantonio. He and several other clients of the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless are grateful for the London Pavement Salon this holiday season.
One of the men wrote Channel 8 a letter saying, "Please! Let them know how thankful we are, because it lifts our spirits and makes us feel better about job interviews and stuff like that."
Barber Brandon Leonard said he and others were outside several weeks ago and saw some of the men walking down the street. It was a slow work day, so they asked if the men could use a haircut. When the men said they did not have money, the staff welcomed them in regardless.
"He was kind of choked up a little bit. He's like, 'You treated me like a normal human being, and you gave me the best haircut I've had in my whole life,'" Leonard recalled. He said others have brought friends for haircuts as well.
Some staff at the salon have dealt with tough financial times, including homelessness, and just wanted to help.
Leonard said the salon will continue to welcome people in need even after the holiday season ends. Another staff member said they want to help people that help themselves and are seeking employment.
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