CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) Barbers from Deez Fine Cuts and Salon gathered at Carver Youth and Family Development Center Saturday afternoon all for a great cause. The event was called "Cuts for the Community."
Saturdays are a very busy day for barbershop, and it’s easily the day they make the most money.
Demetrius Miller from Deez Fine Cuts and Salon decided it was time they used their business to help someone other than himself.
"You may not be able to do a lot for the whole world, but you can mean the world to one person,” said Miller.
That simple message is to show families in the Orchard Knob area that they do matter. They gave out free haircuts, clothes and food to those in the community, something community organizer Nori Moss set out to do.
"We really wanted to do something that the community could really appreciate and to also activate other business owners to give back to the community as well,” said Nori Moss.
Miller stepped up because he feels he can make a difference.
"It's a lot going on in our inner city and somebody has to show them that somebody cares about them,” said Miller. “Even if it's a haircut or even if they just see us young black men as positive role models."
Guest speaker Philip Moss echoed that and added more people have to come forward to show these kids violence is not the way.
"What we want to do is to bring the kids together to let them know that's not the way,” said Phillip. “That's not what's going to get you where you need to be in life."
The message and the act of helping people in this community didn't go unnoticed.
Resident Nikela Woods said, "It's really helpful to the community and the people in the community. We really need that sometimes because we can't do it all by ourselves all the time."
Another resident, Anthony Reviere added, "Well with my four I usually spend about $40 just for my four at the barbershop on a Saturday."
While this is the first year of this event, Miller and others wanted to deliver a lasting message.
"Let's show these kids we do care."
Demetrius wants this to become an annual staple in the area, and they are looking for more businesses to step up to help bring out the best in their community.