MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Several barber shops were open in the Twin Cities Monday. They would normally be closed, but the shops were cutting hair to raise money for Keith Barnes.
Barnes was hit by a drunk driver off of Interstate 94 in St. Paul on Dec. 17. Barnes had gotten out of his vehicle to help a woman involved in an earlier accident.
He has several broken bones, and part of his left leg had to be amputated.
Barnes is a barber who works at The Grooming House in St. Paul. But his empty work station may wait some time before he returns.
“He’s actually doing a little bit better,” said Damen Johnson of The Grooming House. “He’s in a rehab center, so they’re working on trying to help him move around a little bit more, stuff like that, actually getting him to sit up.”
Barnes has six children, and it may be some time before he can return to work. The fundraising effort is called Clippers for Keith, and the goal is to provide money, along with all the warm wishes.
“We know, besides just his recovery, there are still a lot of things he has to try to take care of,” Abdallah Day said.
One 21 is another barber shop raising money for Barnes in Minneapolis. Even customers who never met him are glad to help, after hearing his story.
“A lot of people wouldn’t tend to risk their lives to help someone else, you know what I’m sayin, so, yeah, that kind of hit me,” Day said.
The barber shops that organized the Clippers for Keith event will continue to accept donations for him. These businessmen understand the consequences of an accident like this.
“It’s hard to have insurance being self-employed, so that’s one of the biggest things why we’re doing this, just giving back so he can get up on his feet, and keep doing what he’s doing, so he won’t miss a beat,” said Byron Gulyard, of One 21.
If you’d like to help, donations can be made at any of the participating barber shops: Grooming House, Changez, One 21, Headliners, Sharp Cuts, That’s A Good Look, The Clique Barber & Beauty Salon and Mr. Afros.
A musical benefit is also taking place on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Shiloh Temple International Ministries.