SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - To ease the back-to-school blues for parents and students, groups, companies and organizations came together to make a difference in the city.
To alleviate just a little bit of stress off the shoulders of hard-working parents, Cumulus radio, alongside other local businesses, handed out backpacks, school supplies, uniforms and free haircuts to families buckling down for the first day of class.
"If you're a single mom, or dad or family, it's trying times right now," said Candice Young, a Shreveport mother.
The community converged on the Valencia Park Community Center Saturday morning to take advantage of the services.
"There's a lot of people, especially financially, that may be in some struggles and may be dealing with some things," said Young Nisa, a radio host for KMJJ 99.7. "It just eases the parents...and that stress of not being able to provide like they want to."
Derrick Harris, the owner of VH Barber & Styling Academy in Bossier City, offered haircuts to families, to help the young ones look good and feel good ahead of the new year.
"I think it's a matter of investing in our community," said Harris. "I've seen so many smiles today that it makes me feel happy about it."
Harris had a packed room of eager families awaiting a no-cost haircut. He wants his young customers to leave feeling fresh, and with a renewed sense of purpose.
"It's about us teaching our students how to give back," said Harris. "As you grow up in life, you want to look at your legacy and what you can give back, as opposed to receiving all the time."
Organizers hope next year's giveaway is bigger and better.