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Airmen seek stylists and barbers to provide free haircuts to homeless

The group wants to provide more than shelter to the homeless in Tucson. (Source: Tucson News Now) The group wants to provide more than shelter to the homeless in Tucson. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A group of local airmen are leading a new effort to help the homeless community in Tucson look and feel good.

They're hosting a "Free Haircuts for the Homeless" event Oct. 16 at Z Mansion, 288 N. Church Ave.

And they're looking for barbers and stylists to help out.

"This is just our way of making people feel like people again," said Brian Lathen, who is leading this effort and serving as the group's president.

Lathen said they have about 10 stylists and barbers already lined up but would like to get as many people involved as possible. There's also a need for donations such as backpacks, shoes for  men and women, socks, canned and dry food and men's and women's undergarments.

With the help of local organizations and churches, the homeless also will be able to get a shower, a hot plate of food and clean clothes at this event.

Lathen said he has volunteered at local shelters and hopes more people will join in on this effort.

"You'll see a few people doing a lot of work to take care of all these people," said Lathen. "A lot of time, you're around homeless people, you don't want to make eye contact with them, you don't want to talk to them, and people don't want to help them out."

This all started when Lathen came across a video on YouTube of a group hosting a similar event in Ogden, Utah. You can check it out here.

To help with this event or get more information, email Brian Lathen at freecuts2016@gmail.com.

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