Meet the viral barber donating haircuts to kids with disabilities

Back in 2021, Vernon Jackson, a licensed cosmetologist and author, had a big idea to raise money to donate haircuts to children with disabilities. Jackson had noticed that he would sometimes get customers at his Cincinnati shop, Noble Barber and Beauty, who needed more accommodations, and he wanted to help in some way.

“I made a [social media] post about it and when I made the post, my friends [messaged] me immediately asked, ‘Hey, can I sponsor a haircut?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, sure,’” Jackson recalled to “Good Morning America.”

With that seed planted, Jackson’s program, called The Gifted Event, grew and now provides free haircuts to children who have various medical conditions including autism, Down syndrome, and spina bifida. It’s been going “steadfast” ever since, according to Jackson.

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