GOLF MANOR, Ohio (WKRC) - What started with an idea on Facebook has grown to a wave of generosity in The Queen City.
Stylists and beauty technicians are donating haircuts and nail appointments to furloughed government workers. With at least 3,000 IRS workers in the Tri-State, many are grateful someone cares. At Next Level Hair Salon in Golf Manor, two of Jay Hedges’ clients participated in the pay-it-forward program.
Marqeta Colvard is an essential government employee. She's been reporting to work at the IRS Service Center in Covington for her normal shift. Friday is supposed to be pay day.
“No pay. We're not getting anything,” said Colvard, who’s been with the IRS for eight years. “Unemployment is denying us because we're essential workers, so what do we do, what do we do?"
Colvard says because of the government shutdown, she'll be late on this month's rent and her car note.
“How are we going to get to work next week? Nobody has money for gas,” said Colvard.
Colvard’s co-worker Rogetta Cavaness wonders the same.
"It's been horrible trying to make ends meet,” said Cavaness. “It's just been horrible."
While it's been a trying three weeks, Colvard and Cavaness are thankful for their stylist at Next Level Hair Salon in Golf Manor.
Jay Hedges is one of a dozen hair stylists across Cincinnati who are offering free haircuts to furloughed government workers.
“I think it's wonderful,” said Hedges. “You just never know when you're going to be the person on the receiving end, so you have to keep that in mind, and I think it's wonderful that people are giving so selflessly.”
It all started with a Facebook post from stylist Alethia Williams. One volunteer turned into a dozen and then nail technicians and other beauty experts began offering their services.
"This is something that I think is unfortunate. It's not these people's fault, and if everybody did a little something, it could go a long way,” said Hedges.
"It means a lot,” said Colvard. “Just to feel beautiful when you feel miserable on the inside."
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