Omaha (KPTM) – Two barbers are traveling across the country cutting people's hair and giving the earnings to local humane societies.
Patrick Lomantini is the founder of BarkAID. For the last three years he has taken his organization to all 50 states in 50 days and cut at least 50 people's hair to help support that community's humane society.
"We've done 6,000 haircuts and raised over $200,000, and all of that money has been given to the shelters," said Lomantini.
It started at his salon in Wichita, Kansas when he set a world record, continually cutting hair for 72 hours. All the money he made in that time was given to the humane society.
"It just really opened my eyes to how much the community in general appreciates the humane society because they came out not just for me but to support the humane society," Lomantini said.
He wanted to top that stint and decided being the first person to go cross country cutting people's hair for charity was the place to start.
"What this really is about is my love for hair and my passion and love for what they do in the community," said Lomantini, "The bottom line is that I could never do what they do, but I can do hair and that's my way of bringing awareness to what they do."
This is the first time he's ever had someone along for the ride, but he and Zachary D'Vella of Idaho Falls, Idaho set up at a Parlour 1887 in Benson from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is day 32 of their 50 day journey. They say they will be back next year, September 1.
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