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Helping those in need have a good hair day on Sunday

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Thanks to Great Clips and the Helping Out People Everywhere (HOPE) in Bullitt County organization, some Bullitt County residents are readily prepared for the upcoming school year.

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The Great Clips Shepherdsville location hosted a free haircut event for HOPE clients as a way to help them prepare for the Aug. 10 first day of school.

Along with haircuts and styles for all family members, students also received free backpacks and school supplies.

“We wanted to give back to the community, and the best thing we can do is haircuts,” said store manager Lindsey Bowles.

According to Bowles, the idea for the event came from talking with HOPE co-chair Faith Portman following an event that took place at the shop.

“A homeless man got his haircut here one day, and afterward someone came in to pay for it,” Bowles said. “After that we thought we could do more.”

Bowles contacted Portman because she was aware of the HOPE group, which offers aid and assistance to the area homeless and needy families.

Great Clips featured raffle giveaways to raise funds for the backpacks and school supplies. Bowles said a total of $550 was collected for the items.

She added that many stylists from other Great Clips locations attended the event to donate their services.

Free pizza, popcorn and son cones were distributed during the event. Portman thanked Domino’s Pizza and members of the HOPE board for the food and drink donations.

Portman said fresh, clean haircuts and styles made a positive difference, especially for students’ confidence when preparing to start a new school year, some beginning at new schools.

HOPE hosts board meetings every other month, the next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Shepherdsville Government Center.

The group welcomes all volunteers and donations. For more information call Portman, (502)609-6013.