I got up early this morning because I was looking forward to posting this story.
It’s about Danika O’Leary.
At least once a month she gives free haircuts to the homeless in Sonoma County.
Danika says a haircut may not seem like a big deal.
But it is.
“It’s amazing the transformation of someone who looks like they’ve been homeless for years and years and all of a sudden they look like a 25-year-old kid.”
Danika cuts hair at the Phoenix Salon in Petaluma.
But whenever she scan save about $200 dollars, she rents a generator and buys food to give away.
She then sets up shop in a local park and goes to work.
I was looking on her Facebook page.
One person wrote:
“You’re such a great person.”
I liked Danika’s response:
“I dunno about great, but I definitely know if I were ever having that hard of a time, I’d want someone to be nice and to treat me like a human.”
It’s interesting how Danika came up with the idea to give out free haircuts.
A couple of years ago, she was going to a concert in San Francisco.
She saw a woman asking for money.
“She looked like she was maybe 30 years old and just broke.
She had a two-year-old sitting with her.
She just looked like she didn’t feel good about herself.
I didn’t want her to be offended but I also have this set of skills.
It just hit me.
I had my shears in the trunk of my car.
I had two hours before the concert.
I asked, ‘Would you like a haircut?’ ”
Danika then pulled out her shears.
The woman sat down on a crate.
And Danika cut her hair.
“She just wanted the knots and stuff out.
I sprayed on a little conditioner and ran a comb through and trimmed her up and she felt great.”
This week KTVU reporter Amber Lee did a really nice piece on Danika.
On the day that Amber interviewed her, Danika was set up in Julliard Park in Santa Rosa.
The second picture shows her cutting Lea Glynn’s hair.
And the third picture shows Lea’s smile afterword.
“Changes your whole personality.
You feel good about yourself.
You feel pretty.”
Seeing Danika in action inspires me.
And I really like this quote from one of her friends:
“People just don’t do stuff like that nowadays.
They’re more concerned with themselves.
Danika puts others before herself.
I just find it completely amazing that people like her still exist.”
Keep doing what you’re doing Danika.
It’s all about changing lives one person at a time.
Some quotes courtesy of Meg McConahey/Press Democrat