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Sun, Sept. 22

Haircut when ya need it

Birdie Bennett cutting Pat Valdez’ hair

Birdie Bennett cutting Pat Valdez’ hair

Birdie Bennett has owned the Birdie and Son Barber Shop here in Chino Valley for the past 25 years. She is one of those people who is always doing something to help others, from Warm Clothing Drives to Easter Egg Hunts for the children, and every spring helping at the VA Medical Center's "Stand Down" program cutting the hair of homeless Vietnam veterans. Now she is helping by giving free haircuts to students in need.

"This town has given so much to me and I've been so happy here, that I just want to give something back," Birdie said.

Birdie has always given service men in the community free haircuts when they were home on leave.

"These are kids I've been cutting their hair for since they were little, and now they are going off to serve their country. So I want to see them when they come home," Birdie said smiling.

Recently, Birdie met Rich Spencer, who works for the Chino Valley School District in the federally funded Homeless Student Program (the program defines homelessness as the lack of a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence for a student). Rich's description of the plight of students in his program greatly impacted Birdie, so she grabbed a pile of free haircut gift certificates for Rich to pass out to these students. The other barbers in Birdie's shop also honor the gift certificates with free haircuts for the students in need.

Birdie sums it up by saying, "Everybody needs a helping had once in a while and I'm in a position to help, so I do.

If you can make a difference in a person's life during tough times, feel free to do it!"

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