The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.
Today’s something good is a haircut.
Amanda Barnett is a stylist at Mnandi Salon in Leominster, Massachusetts who went the extra mile to help kids in need start the school year off right. On August 23, Amanda held the first annual “Free Kids Cut” event. In addition to a free haircut, she had backpacks full of school supplies for the children, according to the Sentinel and Enterprise. She also had an arts and crafts gift basket that she raffled off to the kids that day.
“I have always wanted to host an event to help single mothers out there or families in general struggling financially sending their children off to school,” Amanda told the Sentinel. “With the prices of everything being so expensive, if I could take a little stress and worry away by donating some of my time and money to get back-to-school supplies for the kids, and a fresh haircut, then that is what I wanted to do.”
She was able to give 30 children a fresh start to the school year that day.
Amanda said, “This was my first year doing this, but it will definitely be an annual event I will hold for now on.” She continued, “I know how bullying can be a tough thing in school these days. If kids don’t have the newest sneakers or a fresh haircut, they get judged, so I wanted to make sure that at least these 30 kids felt confident starting off the school year looking and feeling their best.”
Amanda was thrilled with the success of her small act of kindness and sees the importance of such kindness in our world.
“We all need to come together and be there for one another and look out for each other,” she said. “We could move mountains as a community if we all think like this.”
A haircut and pencils and folders seem like small things but, to a child, they may mean the world. Kudos to Amanda for using her talents to make the world a better place.
Now it’s your turn… Tell me something good!