After the recent shootings in Baton Rouge, La., LSU defensive lineman Lewis Neal wanted to do something to help his community.
His solution: free haircuts for police officers, firefighters and military members.
Neal is an entrepreneur. The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger writes that Neal owns an investment firm and has been developing a smart phone app. However, he’s using his newest investment, a salon called Hair Factory that he now co-owns, to give back to the city.
He and co-owner Joan Campbell made the decision to give first responders and members of the military free haircuts on Wednesday. The shop had a number of barbers ready for when many officers finished their shifts in the afternoon.
It was Neal’s way of honoring the officers gunned down in Baton Rouge on July 17.
“I just wanted to do something positive for the community, just give back and show our appreciation,” Neal told Dellenger. “We want to have some positive things going around. There’s so much negativity going around. You need some positive things going viral.”