Gigi Giles, owner of Ebony Barber Shop, along with barbers James Collins and Jason Loyd, gave free haircuts to 70 students in grades K-9, on Aug. 31.Photo by Stacy Morange

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The last haircuts before the holiday at Ebony Barber Shop, 1702 Dodge Ave., were labors of love. Owner Brigitte “Gigi” Giles and barbers Jason Loyd and James Collins donated their time and barbering skills on Aug. 31 to give free haircuts to 70 students, kindergartners through freshmen.

While they were waiting, the students enjoyed pizza bought by Ms. Giles’s daughter and sandwiches donated by the City of Evanston.  And as they left, each student received some school supplies donated by many of Ms. Giles’s customers and a bag of food courtesy of Family Focus.

Each student received a basic haircut – “no designer cuts,” Ms. Giles said.  “It was a fun day,” she said, adding, “We’re going to try to do it every year.”

Kevin Brown, Community Services Manager for the City, helped work out the collaboration among Ebony Barbershop, Family Focus, Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and the City.

“These are the kinds of events that help to decrease the sense of alienation felt by young people,” said Mr. Brown. “[An event like this] definitely helps them feel better about themselves and helps them sense that people really care about their development and about what they do,” he added.