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Free hair braiding event for kids meant to ‘bring community together, uplift our youth’

Organizer says this Saturday’s event is in need of volunteer barbers and donations.
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Posted at 8:57 AM, Aug 20, 2021

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Calling all braiders and barbers. Your services are needed for a good cause.

Saturday August 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., natural hairstylist Kacey Thompson will be hosting a free back-to-school hair braiding event for kids at Pinewood Park Pavilion in Kentwood.

“Well, in today’s society everything we see, hear, and talk about can be considered divisive,” Thompson said during an interview with FOX 17. “The pandemic left countless families in poverty. I wanted to create an event that would bring the community together, to uplift our youth, and help parents prepare for the new school year beyond the basic backpack giveaway.”

Thompson said kids can get two braids with feed-in hair or four braids on natural hair. Haircuts are also available as well. However she’s in need of barbers to volunteer their time.

“We currently have 10-20 braiders and only one or two barbers,” Thompson said. “Also, we need a ton of products. So, cash or product donations are going to be greatly appreciated.”

The back-to-school event is not the only service project Thompson is involved with. She’s the youth director for the nonprofit Justice For Black Lives, in which they host numerous service events throughout the year from coat drives to shoveling to childcare.

“We give rides, write resumes, buy groceries,” Thompson said. “So, if you want to get involved in any way, you can email me or you can drop off cash donations or product donations. And, I really look forward to seeing these kids faces.”

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