Here's a story that you probably haven't heard. It's one of those that will appear for a 24-36 hour news cycle and be gone. But The Blaze did it justice and featured it on its news site. And I figured we could all use a good, positive story.
But unnamed local residents expressed concerns about the “safety and sanitation” of Cymerys’ free haircuts to homeless people and his friends’ food distribution. They also noted that Cymerys is not a licensed barber. That's all it took for City health officials to run him out of the park. Of course, I'm sure these "well-meaning" citizens had no intention of paying themselves so that the homeless could get a haircut or a hot meal.
But for once, there is a happy ending to the heavy-handedness of over-reaching government officials. Mayor Pedro Segarra granted Cymerys a special dispensation in light of his years of charitable work. What's more, the city will help Cymerys obtain a state barber’s license if he likes.
Anthony learned how to cut hair while he was growing up, and although he isn't a certified barber, he says he always takes health precautions including soaking his trimmers in alcohol. “Twenty-five years I’ve been giving haircuts, and no one died on me.” He began giving free haircuts to the homeless in the city around 1988, when he was volunteering at a shelter. He said he met a heroin addict named Arnold who needed a haircut, so he offered his services.
And that is one of the hallmarks of this country's legacy .... Inspiring each other to help those in need. It happens far more often than is reported. Individuals helping individuals out of the goodness of their hearts and from their own storehouses of wealth; no matter how large or small their bank accounts. Anthony saw a need and filled it. He didn't wait for a government agency to take it from one person to give to another. He lives out the one commandment that our Lord urged above all others, Love your neighbor as yourself. Well done, Anthony! Your citation from the city of Hartford is nothing compared to your rewards in Heaven!
1 Timothy 1:5 "The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith."