This Veteran’s Day students at the Regency Beauty Institute in Lakewood, CO, gave free haircuts to former service members to honor their service and sacrifice.
Veterans with valid certificates of release or discharge could come to the campus between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5:45-7 p.m., so students from the campus’ full-time and part-time programs had the chance to participate.
The Veteran’s Day services gave the students and school the opportunity to honor those who have served, said Coralie Storm, one of the managers at the Lakewood campus.
“Sometimes not everyone realizes how much veterans do for our country,” Storm said. “It [was] a good feeling for [our students] to make an impact on the lives of people who definitely make an impact on our lives.”
Providing the complimentary haircuts not only allowed the students to thank the veterans, it gave them a chance to practice their mens’ haircut techniques and improve their styling speed.
“On a personal level, they [saw] the benefit of reaching out and helping others,” Storm said.
The Veteran’s Day event represented a continuation of Regency Beauty Institute’s partnership with the non-profit organization Volunteers of America® in Denver. Beginning this summer, Regency Beauty Institute-Lakewood began offering free haircuts to homeless women and their children. Clients ranging in age from 10 to mid-‘50s have received free services every two weeks since July.
Volunteers of America® serves the elderly, the homeless, people with disabilities, at-risk youth and women and their children escaping domestic violence.
Students have called the volunteer opportunities “rewarding” and look forward to the chance to help members of the local community “feel beautiful.”