Tennessee Mother Brittany Starks Offers to Braid Kids’ Hair at Start of School Year

A single mother of two donated her time to braid kids’ hair for free at the start of the school year, a labor of love that takes four to six hours a child and would cost $200-$300, and the response was by the dozens.

During the summer of 2021, Brittany Starks received an unexpected surprise that inspired her time for the coming weeks.

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“One of the friends and family gave my kids a book bag full of school supplies, and two outfits, and a pair of shoes. So, I was extremely grateful and I’m like, ‘how can I give back?’ Well, I can braid,” she recounted. “I live in the Antioch community so I’m like, you know, let’s just, I’m just going to post it on Hip Antioch [Facebook Page] to see if anybody knows any kids or any parents that needs your kids’ hair done.”

The response was immense as dozens reached out for help.

“It was supposed to be probably like five to seven kids, but I didn’t think I was going to get such a big reaction than I did. So, it’s been more, a lot more,” said Starks.

Brittany started braiding kids’ hair after work, on the weekends; whenever she could manage the time.

“I had a lady, she had five kids, she was living in a hotel, and she needed her kids’ hair done. And I’m like, I kept getting stories like that and I’m like, ‘I can’t, I can’t stop’ and they’re like, my friends, like, if you can’t do it, why would you ever say, ‘I can’t, I can’t,’ I can’t not, I can’t say no,” Starks explained. “Because obviously there’s some people that really needs it.”

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SOURCE: WTVF, Claire Kopsky

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