Professional Salon Concepts hosted its fourth annual Cuts for Kids on Thursday, providing free haircuts for children in the community and a variety of activities for them to enjoy during the last gasp of their summer vacation.
From 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, the Cuts for Kids event was open to young children all the way up to high schoolers, offering free back-to-school haircuts done by future professionals from Paul Mitchell Schools’ Chicago and Lombard campuses. Families from all around the area attended the event, filling the salon.
“This is a great program; it’s so professional,” said Pat Conterez, a Joliet resident who brought her two granddaughters to Cuts for Kids.
Kids attending the event also were given free bags of school supplies, full of goodies for when they return to school. All of the bags were put together through donations from local businesses. PSC’s founders Steve and Terri Cowan provided water, hot dogs, popsicles, popcorn, cookies and more for the event.
“Terri and Steve feel so strongly about giving back to the community, and they really wanted to start doing something just for Rockdale and helping the kids there,” said Miki Hornbuckle, director of human resources for PSC.
Rockdale police and fire department personnel were there as well, giving kids the opportunity to have an up-close and personal look at the emergency vehicles. Emergency vehicle rides also were given to children wanting them.
“We want everyone to succeed and feel their best,” said Lauren Medina, head of social media and marketing for PSC.
Tents were set outside in the parking lot, offering additional activities for families such as face painting. Costumers for a Cause princesses also were outside to meet the kids for the first time in the event’s history.
“I just love creating excitement and giving back to the community,” Hornbuckle said. “When the kids get their haircuts and school supplies, they just feel awesome.”
The road was blocked next to the salon with a squad car and cones to provide a safe crossing area and bring attention to the event. Music also played throughout the parking lot for the families and kids as they perused the other activities.
“They didn’t have things like this when I was a kid,” Conterez said. “It’s so nice.”