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Free haircuts given to kids by barbers, firefighters before new school year in Fairfax Co.

Some members of the Fairfax County Fire Dept. spend time giving kids haircuts at a local community center, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 (Amy Aubert/ABC7) 

Students and families packed the Gum Springs Community Center on Wednesday morning in Fairfax County, Virginia waiting for a free haircut, school supplies, and to take part in some of the games.

“It just makes them feel good about going to school,” said Avarie Arrington, a rising 8th grader, as she waited in line at the center to get her hair done.

“A haircut goes a long way,” said Hakim Newsome, a firefighter with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, as he cut a student’s hair.

Newsome volunteered his time on Wednesday, along with nearly 10 other barbers, to give the students a free haircut.

“If I put a smile on their face, that makes me appreciate what I’m doing even more,” he said.

“I know what it means to have someone do your children’s hair for you. It’s one less thing you have to worry about,” said Shonda Bailey, a stylist who was working on another student’s hair.

“It takes a lot of money that people don’t have, so this is wonderful,” said Stephanie Mack, whose two kids were getting their hair done at the event.

The group also gave out hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies.

“Just giving back,” Newsome said. “Just giving back. That’s what it’s all about."

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