Just Call Him “Joe, The Barber”

PHOTO: Michael Johnson, left, hugs friend Anthony Cymerys, known as Joe the Barber, in Bushnell Park in Hartford, Conn on May 1, 2013.

Matthew 25:40 = says “…’Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’.”  Joe the Barber has taken that verse and is living by it.  /// When Anthony Cymerys, 83, heard an inspiring sermon about serving those in need, he had to do something. Not content with just donating money or dropping off food, the retired real estate investor picked up his hair clippers and hit the streets.  For 26 years, Cymerys has made sure the homeless of Hartford, Conn. can feel proud about their appearance. Affectionately known as “Joe the Barber,” he gives haircuts, shaves and massages all for the low, low price of a hug.  “It’s all about inspiring people to do things for the least of our brothers,” Cymerys said. But then he was kicked out of the park for giving his hug-priced haircuts.  Now? Well, now he’s been let back in.  ***What I really love about this story is that Joe didn’t have to go out looking for a special way to treat the poor in a special way – all he did was take what he was already doing and decided to bless others with it.  How great of a world would this be if we all did the same – using the talents and resources we already have in abundance, and simply share them freely with those in need!

Read more about “Joe” here.