By AVANNI TRUJILLO
With back to school starting, many families across the country struggle to scrape together money for school supplies. A backpack, a binder, and pencils can be hard to come by for many families in impoverished areas. There have been several communities to donate items to these families and charity events held in order to give them the tools they need to have a great school year. A recurring event known to some people as “Free Kutz 4 Kidz” is a charity event. That started in New Mexico and has traveled to a few different states including California, Oklahoma, and even Texas. This year, there was an event in San Jose, California to give supplies to students for the upcoming school year.
Dave Diggs is the owner of the Barbers Inc. Barbershop in downtown San Jose and he opened his doors this year for the sixth annual “Free Kutz 4 Kidz “ event on August 19th, which attracted hundreds of families. Although he did not come up with the organization, he supports it in any way he can. He donates his services to these families by giving free haircuts and back to school supplies to the students. Diggs stated the goal of this event is to “help kids with their self esteem” this school year. The motto chosen for this event was “look good, feel good, play good” in reference to how you look on the outside will affect how you feel on the inside and how well you do in school.
The event made its way to Texas for the third time on August 20th. The gathering held at Hernandez Middle School, was sponsored by the Dream Big Foundation, the Round Rock Police Foundation, and Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation. It included free haircuts, school supplies, and wellness checks for Round Rock students. According to the Round Rock Texas website, the event supported 7,000 students in 2016 and this year it will probably aid more and give them a great school year experience.