St. Paul businesses provide free hair cuts, school supplies to students ahead of new school year

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While some children are already back in the classroom, others across the state are getting ready to go back to school next week.

Wednesday at St. Paul’s Merriam Park Community Center, Saints Coast Barber Shop brought in a handful of barbers and supplies to give away free haircuts.

“We wanted to give back for school. I remember going to school in a bowl cut, so it means a lot for me to be here, and all the guys at Saints Coasts, to be able to give back tot he community that’s been helping us the last four years,” said Jonathan Giovenco, owner of Saints Coast Barber Shop.

In addition, Keystone Community Services are giving away more than 650 backpacks filled with school supplies donated by community partners at the event.

“It means a lot of love to my kids, to know people appreciate my kids and are willing to buy the supplies,” said Pang Xiong, a parent.

Hundreds of people are expected to show up Wednesday and Thursday. If you missed Wednesday’s event, you can still attend Thursday’s event between 2-5 p.m.