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Moss Point entrepreneur offers free Christmas haircuts to local students

Entrepreneur Eric Barnes surprised some underprivileged students with free haircuts to get them looking great for Christmas. (Photo source: WLOX) Entrepreneur Eric Barnes surprised some underprivileged students with free haircuts to get them looking great for Christmas. (Photo source: WLOX)
"Some people just can't afford it and that is why I stepped in for people who can't afford it. Anyone who knows me knows I give as much as I can. I want them to look nice on Christmas," said Barnes. (Photo source: WLOX) "Some people just can't afford it and that is why I stepped in for people who can't afford it. Anyone who knows me knows I give as much as I can. I want them to look nice on Christmas," said Barnes. (Photo source: WLOX)
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

Santa traveled to Moss Point in the form of a barber Wednesday. Eric Barnes stopped by Kreole Elementary bearing clippers and combs. The owner of Trendsetters spent the day Wednesday giving the gift of haircuts to students in need.

"A haircut changes a whole person's perspective on life. They can come mad, grouchy, but then when they get that haircut they leave happy, and they are talking about positive things."

That was evident as kid after kid sat in the barber's seat for a fresh, new style. The teachers at the school seemed to be just as excited as the kids about the free Christmas cuts.

"Toys, they come, they get thrown away. When you are doing something hands on with the child, that makes their day. The smiles say it all," teacher Tracey Glaude said.

The generous barber grew up in Moss Point and actually attended elementary school at Kreole. He now owns three barbershops on the coast, including two in Moss Point. Barnes said he couldn't let Christmas pass without coming back and giving back during a time that is difficult for many parents.

"I just felt like doing my duty then more of a gift. Some people just can't afford it and that is why I stepped in for people who can't afford it. Anyone who knows me knows I give as much as I can. I want them to look nice on Christmas," said Barnes.

The entrepreneur said just seeing how this small act of kindness added so much cheer to these kids' lives is the best gift he could have asked for this holiday season. The giving will continue Thursday. Moss Point School officials said a local hairstylist will be at Kreole treating some of the female students to new, fresh hairdos.

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