From hair salon to toy store, local businesses help children during the holidays

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – This is the 5th year that Draque’s Barber Shop has hosted the Holiday Harvest event.

The owner said he just wanted to put a smile on the kids’ faces by getting them presents under the tree and a nice haircut for the holidays.

The Christmas season can be financially tough for some families, and Draque Murff knows firsthand what it’s like to have no presents under the tree.

“I know what it’s like to be poor, to be privileged, and to wake up on Christmas morning and get nothing,” Murff said.

And just for a day, Draque’s Babershop turned into Santa’s toy store. Children who stopped by were able to choose a few items from the mountain of toys.

“To see their eyes light up when they see gifts and things like that…it just warms my heart,” Murff said.

But Murff didn’t just play Santa…he provided kids with what his company does best: haircuts.

“There’s something special when you can inspire confidence and charisma in an individual,” Murff said.

Parents say Murff’s generosity is a gift for them too, as it takes the pressure off them during the holidays.

“It’s very nice to have a hair salon that not only gives out toys but also free haircuts,” said one parent. “There are children here whose parents cannot afford to have their hair cut every week or even at Christmas. It gets hard.

Murff says that as long as he can, he will help his community and children in need. And he hopes he can inspire others to do the same.

“We all have the ability to help others one small act of kindness at a time can not only change our lives, but also change the lives of future generations,” Murff said.