King Milan’s Barbershop in St. Paul, Minnesota, offered free haircuts and backpacks full of supplies on Labor Day as children went back to school.

Milan Dennie, the owner of the barbershop, knows firsthand how hard back-to-school can be on parents financially. Growing up in a single-parent household, Milan remembers the pressure to have new shoes, clothes, and a fresh haircut heading back. That’s why he began giving away haircuts and school supplies to whoever showed up at his shop.

On Sept. 2, Milan and the other barbers started giving haircuts at about 9 a.m. and worked for 12 hours, cutting more than 200 heads of children’s hair.

“It’s important that kids and parents know we care and respect” every one of them, Milan told Inside Edition. “Them spending the day with us shows the parents care about the self-esteem of their child.”

The barber’s passion for helping the community is certainly selfless. Milan wanted to stand on his feet for 12 hours and work for free for one reason, “Just to see how happy the crowd was, that is the most important reason I do this.” 

In addition to the free haircuts and food, Milan and the barbershop also gave out “200 backpacks full of supplies and plenty of time and love,” he said.

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