More than 70 young men got a “back-to-school” haircut Aug. 27, courtesy of a local barber shop
For the second consecutive year, Tite Cutz owner/operator, Garrett Snuggs — along with Faith Based Center of Hope CEO Vancine Sturdivant and barber Terrill Hamilton — opened his shop, Sunday, Aug. 27 and gave free haircuts to over seventy males from 3-years-old (head start) to 18-years-old (high school).
Snuggs, who lives in Norwood, has been a barber for 18 years, learning under the leadership of Flower’s Barber Shop on Salisbury Street at the age of 20. He said even though college was not an option for him, he was determined he would not end up on the streets.
“Each year, we witness the barber shop transform into a daycare, restaurant — providing a free meal of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks — a telephone service and a place where he took time to encourage each young man to do his best in school,” Sturdivant said.
Garrett encouraged the youth to make their parents proud and to obey their teachers and elders. From the first young gentleman to the last, he asked each one if they were satisfied as if they were paying customers.
At 7 p.m., with more than 10 kids remaining, Snuggs was still smiling and talking to each child about the importance of an education.
This year, Snuggs added a new component to his blessing: He and Westley Williams passed out book bags with school supplies. When asked why, his only response was, “I want to give back.”
“I cannot cut hair, but just to be able to keep the registration paper, help serve the food and sweep up all that hair was truly an honor,” Sturdivant said.
The remaining food was donated to The Samaritan Inn.
Snuggs offered a special thank you to Sturdivant, Hamilton, Williams and his cooks, Clarence Howard and Ron Caldwell.