Kids Haircut Drive

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Members of Alpha Phi Alpha, Theta Chi Chapter, of Northwestern State University continued one of their annual traditions giving back to the community with the Kids Haircut Drive Monday, Aug. 9.

The fraternity partnered with Platinum Kutz Barbershop on Caspari Street, which was where the event was hosted. Also supporting the event were representatives of Louisiana Eye and Laser, Northwestern State University and the City of Natchitoches.

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“In today’s climate, it is vitally important for the community to continue such events as they are a testament to the care and love we have for our younger generation,” said Chapter Vice President William Roberson Jr. “Regardless of one’s age, we all have our own struggles. If the simple gesture of providing haircuts, providing a meal, and even school supplies can ease the struggle of at least one individual, there is no doubt that it was a service worth doing.”

At the Kids Haircut Drive at Platinum Kutz are, from left, William Roberson Jr., Matthew Nelson, Terres Anderson, Kyle Scott, Ronald Paige, Preston Camron IV, Darrin Nixon Jr., Michelle Smith, Carl Walters, Dr. Marcus Jones, Mayor Ronnie Williams, LaShawn Johnson, Dequincy Varice, Kevin Smith, William Roberson Sr. and Alex Washington. Organizers also provided free hot dogs and hamburgers for visitors.
Barbers Dequincy Varice, Kevin Smith and LaShawn Johnson provided free haircuts for children at Platinum Kutz Aug. 9

The chapter also collected school supplies with another recent drive to prepare Natchitoches students for a great school year. The supplies were given to children who came out to get a haircut.

Louisiana Eye Laser also provided a monetary donation to the Alpha’s charity event. CEO Carl Walters said they were happy to help out those that don’t have the opportunity to get haircuts before school.

“An event like this really shows the compassion of individuals in our city,” said Mayor Ronnie Williams. “It’s important to send kids back to school with encouragement. This event shows [students] they have a community behind them, supporting them.”