Barber LaJuan Cooper enjoys spending time with his customers at his shop. With the start of school one day away, it was a busy weekend for him. But in the process, Cooper and fellow barbers were happy to make a new school year better.
The Public Barber & Beauty Shop in Roseboro recently donated school supplies for the new school year, which began Monday. This year marks the second time they’ve helped youths in the community. For the 2016-17 school year, barbers gave students free haircuts.
“We wanted to help some of the parents out,” Cooper said. “They worked hard and have to buy school clothes and it’s expensive. So we wanted to help them out with school supplies. We want to make things a little better for them.”
The shop assisted about 90 children with school supplies needs during the weekend. Cooper was assisted by barber Chaz Wilkerson and Alex Mathis, assistant manager. Other assistants include Jessica Adams and Kim Holmes.
Cooper, a Roseboro native, has been involved with customers in the community since 2001. He enjoys being a part of the small town and the Lakewood district of Sampson County Schools. As a barber, Cooper said he always wanted to bring a top o the line barbershop to town.
“A lot of customers don’t have to go out of town for a nice place,” Cooper said. “I try to make it comfortable for them. That’s just something I wanted to bring back to my community.”
The back-to-school initiative is one of several efforts to help the public. During Christmas time, the shop has a toy drive for needy children in the area.
“It goes pretty well with that,” Cooper said. “We give out toys to the less fortunate kids, so we try to help out with that also.”
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