Local barber shop expands and gives back to community

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 9/28/2013 10:37 pm Published: 9/28/2013 10:34 pm

Free haircuts for a good cause as a local barber shop opens its second location.

FOX23 learned the Elephant Room opened its new location Saturday in South Tulsa.

Customers didn’t pay for their haircuts.  Instead, the business accepted thousands of dollars worth of donations for the Tulsa Boys Home.

McLain High School’s drum line was performing at the opening party Saturday night.

The barber shop owners told FOX23’s Price McKeon they are celebrating not just the expansion but for another reason too.

Carey Clark cuts a customer’s hair while a bigger vision was played out.

She said, “Well I feel awesome. It’s wonderful to give back to the community.”

The haircuts aren’t really free. Instead, the Elephant Room asked each customer Saturday to give a donation to the Tulsa Boys Home.

Owner Justin Moore said, “We feel blessed we can give back through The Elephant Room.”

For Moore, it’s not just about what the customers see in the mirror, but it’s about what they do.

“We want to make an impact in the community,” he said.

Saturday was their chance by raising money for youth without a father figure.

People stepped up. He said by the time he got to work at 9 a.m., there was a line outside the door. 

Moore said, “Once I saw the line, I knew we were in for a long day but a good day and ultimately we raised a lot of money for the Tulsa Boys Home.”

The appointment books were so full, they had to turn people away. Moore said he doesn’t want the giving streak to end. Next week, he said they will let the people who were turned away have a chance to come back

He said, “We’ll honor that free haircut and pass it onto the Tulsa Boys Home.”

FOX23 learned the donations won’t stop after Saturday.

Moore said starting Monday, both locations will participate in the barber shop’s new program called “It Starts With One.”

“For every haircut we do, we’re going to donate a dollar to a charity organization that gives back to young boys and youth,” he said.

Moore told McKeon people are donating without even getting a haircut.

We checked Saturday night and the owner is still counting the money.

They said they raised about $2,000 so far. Moore said the goal is $10,000. We are working to find out the final total.

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