Magazine article Parks & Recreation

A Cut Above

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

A Cut Above

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Hairstylist Joshua Eudy is bringing hope back to Jacksonville, North Carolina, one haircut at a time with his nonprofit charity, Haircuts-Hugs-Hope. This endeavor began in April 2016 when Eudy offered free haircuts to homeless people in Charlotte, North Carolina. Over a two-day period, the hairstylist had given 70 haircuts right on the street. The experience inspired Eudy to create a free haircut program.

Eudy, a military veteran, discovered his passion for hairstyling after being discharged from the Army due to an injury he suffered in 2000. After completing the hairstylist program, Eudy soon realized he could use his skills, when he wasn't working, to give back to the community by offering professional haircuts at no cost to those less fortunate. He moved to the city of Jacksonville a few years ago, where he currently works as a stylist at Colors Salon.

Since its inception nine months ago, Haircuts-Hugs-Hope has been providing free haircuts to the homeless and others through scheduled community events. In addition, Eudy has volunteered his time at events in Asheville, Raleigh and Chicago, as well as on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Because of his philanthropy and generous spirit, community members call Eudy their "unsung hero. …

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