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US barbershop gives free haircuts to low-income students

GIVING BACK: Barbers at Oakland's E Cuts serviced more than 50 students in the city for free

A BARBERSHOP in Oakland offered a day of free haircuts to more than 50 low-income students ahead of the school term.

Staff at E Cuts welcomed youngsters from around the city, where nearly three out of 10 children are living in poverty, on Sunday (Aug 25), one day before schools went back into session.

Business owner, Eboni Hoofe, and her employees styled more than 50 youngsters with haircuts that would normally cost parents $13 (£8) to $21 (£14).

"I have worked in Oakland and lived in Oakland for many years, and I see the things that are afforded to them and the things that are not," she told the Huffington Post.

Providing free haircuts is Hoofe's way of creating solidarity in spite of that strife. She said: "I realised, the community is your core, so why not come together and make it work?" she said. "It’s not about getting more customers. It’s about letting the community know that we’re here."

On top of the free cuts, Hoofe also personally funded and collected donations for more than 70 backpacks and nearly 100 tote bags filled with school supplies. She still has some bags remaining for any students to pick up.

She says she hopes other local businesses will also come forward to help support Oakland's kids in whatever way they can.

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