San Antonio, Texas barber Rudy Ibanez is being lauded for taking the time to give free haircuts to homeless people.
The way it started was simple.
“He came up to me he asked me if I had any money, I didn’t have any money. I told him, I’m a barber and I have my clippers, if you want I’ll give you a haircut,” Ibanez recalled to KSAT.
The man accepted the offer, prompting Ibanez to start working right there on the sidewalk.
“After his haircut, I gave him the mirror. He hadn’t looked in a mirror in like a year he told me,” Ibanez said. “He was blown away. He loved what he saw. He felt like a new man.”
Following the haircut, Ibanez took the man out to buy some new clothes and get some food. Before saying goodbye, the man gave him a big hug and thanked him.
Ibanez was inspired by the encounter, and now every Sunday walks around looking for homeless people who need a haircut. He goes to the same area every week and has acquired a following.
“They just ask me how my day is going,” Ibanez told ABC of those he meets. “I asked them how is your day, how is life treating you bro?”
He works until the battery on his wireless clippers go out, which is usually after six or seven people get a hair cut.
“It’s been life-changing for me and I’ve been doing that ever since” the first free haircut, he said. “I’m blessed I love it.”