Tana Morgan, a professional hairdresser from Oro Valley spent the entire day at Tucson’s Hopefest on October 19, 2013, washing, cutting, and styling hair. Tucson’s Hopefest services nearly 10,000 homeless, unemployed individuals and families in the greater Tucson area, who are in need of basic medical, dental, employment, clothing and beautician services.
Tana was one of only seven hairdressers from the Tucson area who volunteered to work at Hopefest 2013, and she did work. Tana had planned for a four-hour shift, but when other hairdressers had to leave, she stayed on, cutting hair for men, women and children throughout the day. She was disappointed that when the closing hour arrived, there were still many people waiting in line who had to be turned away.
Joining other volunteers from the Tucson North Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tana arrived before 8 am and found 30 stations set up for cutting hair and twice that many people waiting in line for their haircuts. The first gentleman there said that he got there early because he knew it would be a very popular place. Tana took just five minutes for lunch because of the constant flow and urgent need of her services.
Hopefest provided portable sinks for shampooing and each participant went home with a new comb, and many with hair products which had been donated. The hairdressers provided their personal scissors and electric sheers and capes.
Tana was very enthusiastic about her experience. She hopes that she can enlist the help of many more hairdressers for next year.
Some recipients were very grateful for the simplest of cuts and styles, while others requested more sophisticated cuts. Tana can’t remember exactly how many people she served that day, but she does remember one lady, who identified herself as being homeless, who was so very grateful for a good shampoo and a cute cut. For Tana, this was making a difference, one cut at a time.