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Barber who gives haircuts to the homeless gifted barbershop by stranger

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PHILADELPHIA -

One Philadelphia man who has dedicated his time to giving haircuts to the homeless thought he'd have to stop during the winter months. That is until a stranger heard about the man's mission stepped up with a great act of kindness.

WTXF reports Bennon Jones has been giving homeless people free haircuts for about a year. Jones says he thinks he's given about a thousand haircuts, but he's lost count of the exact number.

When Sean Johnson heard of the good deeds Jones was doing, he wanted to do something to help.

"When I found out... well I need to be a part of that. I need to see what I can do to help," said Johnson.

He decided the best way to help would be to give Jones a fully renovated barber shop that will offer services to those in need. Free of charge.

 "He said listen, I've got a building I want you to come check out. He said 'Do you like this place?' I said, 'Yeah, I like it,' he tossed me the key and said it's yours," Jones said.

Johnson himself has had to struggle to rebuild his life after he spent time in jail. While locked up, Johnson learned how to cut hair, and when he got out, he opened his own barber shop in Philadelphia, called Taper's Barbershop. Johnson was looking to expand his business to a second location, but once he heard about what Jones was doing for the homeless population, he changed his mind.

Jones' new shop was expected to be open in November and will have set days to exclusively serve the homeless.

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