Barbers to offer free cuts

Offered to children 12 and younger, event now in 3rd year

GLOVERSVILLE –Santa and his helpers will be making a couple special stops in Fulton and Montgomery counties this weekend to see boys and girls get new haircuts for the holidays.

Mike Medina of the Fulton County Barber Shop and The Other Barbershop in Canajoharie said Santa, a few elves, a snowman and perhaps Mrs. Claus will be on hand Saturday and Sunday to oversee and give free haircuts offered at the shops.

In addition to the haircuts, Santa will have his bag of presents on hand for boys and girls who stop by featuring things like stuffed animals and candy. Free coffee and donuts will be available for adults. Medina said Christmas music will be playing throughout both days, as it currently is in the two shops.

This is the third year that the shops have given free haircuts to boys and girls 12 and younger.

The Fulton County Barbershop at 17 N. Main St. in Gloversville will be giving out the free cuts from 9 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Other Shop at 29 Church St. in Canajoharie will be offering free cuts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Medina said no reservations are necessary for this event.

He said that the first year, when the event was held solely in Gloversville, more than 70 children got a free haircut. He said he hopes to do around those same numbers this year between the two locations.

The Fulton County Barbershop also gives free haircuts during the National Night Out in August. The shop closes its door and heads down to the City Police organized event to give out free cuts.

The shops also offer free cuts during back to school season to any child who brings a book to read during their haircut. He said that event was created to get kids back in the habit of reading books after summer vacation.

Medina said he feels blessed to have the support of so many in the community who have made his business a success. He feels it is only right to give back in this way.

Medina said in addition, he feels it is important to keep the spirit of Christmas alive for children. He said it is nice to help kids feel their best during this season of parties, events and church.

“On Christmas morning when kids are opening their presents and the parents are taking pictures the kids can look their freshest,” Medina said.

Medina said this free haircut weekend has become a tradition, and is something he said he would like to see continue and grow throughout the years.

“It is something people look forward to and it is now a part of us and what we do,” he said.

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