A woman from Louisville who had just passed her barber exam gave her first official haircut to her friend Joe.
Lex Moran and Joe have been friends for years. Joe is homeless, so whenever they cross paths, she tries to make a point to take care of him.
“When I pull up, I try to feed him, give him a little money, make sure he has clothes and whatever he needs just to maintain through that day,” Moran said to WLKY.
When Moran spotted Joe at a bus stop in the Taylor Berry neigbourhood, he mentioned he wanted a haircut. Luckily, she had just passed her barber board exam that day, and her supplies were already in the car.
“He was talking about how his hair was longer and it was tickling his ears,” she said.
A near-death experience in 2016 changed Moran’s view on life. She was shot three times while standing on her porch, and this resulted in an 8-hour surgery, and physical and emotional recovery.
“He just shot four times in my direction and I caught three of them,” Moran said. “Having a second chance at life, it’s just sympathy and compassion even having an understanding for others, no matter the situation.”
Moran is now using this second chance in life to be a pillar in her community. She hopes to lead by example and send the message that the world can use more love and compassion.
“I’ve gotten so much love from just helping Joe and it’s almost unbelievable that it’s love out here in a world of so much negativity and so many shootings and killings,” she said.
After the viral moment of Moran giving Joe a haircut, she says the community has been stepping up to help him as well. He’s using a broken walker to get around and residents are working to get him a brand new one.
“If I can just be a little hope and a little change and a little love that is in the community, maybe I can lead other people to do the exact same thing as I am,” Moran said.