Veterans were able to receive personal hygiene services, medical attention, clean clothes and enjoy a warm meal. The Stand Down, held at the VA on Poydras, was organized by James E. Tardie. Larisia Jones, Cosmetology & Barber-Stylist Department Chair, worked with Tardie to arrange for the Delgado students to serve the Veterans.
Cosmetology students served by giving free manicures and the Barber-Stylist students gave free haircuts. This event gave the students the opportunity to give back to the community while gaining more practical experience in haircutting and manicuring.
Blair Conerly, Barber-Stylist instructor, said he hopes this event will also “encourage students to be active in events such as this after they have graduated and received their license.” Although the event ended at 2:00 pm, some students stayed behind to give haircuts to 10 homeless men.
“The students were able to experience giving back to the men and women who served our country and have now fallen on some hard times,” Jones said. “Some are homeless and some are not able to purchase shoes and clothing, let alone be able to afford grooming for hair and nails. All in all we were able to service 85 veterans, 10 homeless men, and 8 volunteers with haircuts and 50 of those people also received manicures.”
Special thanks to these Delgado students and faculty:
Larisia Jones, Cosmetology & Barber-Stylist Department Chair
Blair Conerly, Barber-Stylist Instructor