For Over 25 Years, Each Week This 82-Year-Old Gives Out Haircuts To The Homeless – His Fee: One Hug

Anthony “Joe the Barber” Cymerys has been a fixture every Wednesday for years at Bushnell Park, where he cuts hair and his friends hand out food to the needy.


He’s 82-years-old, and every week he brings his clippers down to the park and gives free haircuts to the homeless.

When they ask how much they owe him after the cut, he claims to pursue “One Hug”, and the well-dressed men and women are happy.

Joe the Barber has transformed Hartford Connecticut’s Bushnell Park from a place of quiet suffering and loneliness to a weekly embrace of love and humanness.


It uses a portable car battery to power the mowers. On the picture near his car, his portable battery was exhausted and he sat next to the battery of his own car.

Joe began giving haircuts to the homeless in 1988 after he began volunteering at a local homeless shelter. He met a homeless heroin addict named Arnold who needed a haircut, so he offered his services.



“It’s all about inspiring people to do things for the least of our brothers,” he said.

If you have some free time each week and would like to share some love with someone in need, consider volunteering for a local homeless shelter in your community. Homeless people are often misunderstood by society and have a harder life than most of us imagine. Find in your heart to help someone you meet this week and the world will be better. You are loved

“A hug lets someone know beyond