PERTH, N.Y. – A local barbershop is using their clippers to help a friend in need.
Early Friday morning, Perth Town Justice Charlie Smith died in a house fire that left his wife and grandson homeless.
Now, Hagaman Barber Shop is donating all of its proceeds of the day to help the family begin to recover from the tragedy.
Smith’s son Micah has worked as a barber to Hagaman’s Barber Shop for the past two years. When his co-workers and customers heard of the tragic loss of his father, they jumped at the chance to lend support.
When Jeff Schaperjahn took over the Hagaman Barber Shop five years ago, he inherited more than five generations of customers, or as he calls it an extended family.
“How we can support each other by helping each other, and loving each other, that’s probably the biggest thing,” he said.
The barber shop customers were the first to step up and help when news spread about the death of Charlie Smith.
“Guys were generously leaving money here or clothes, or whatever they could for Micah and his family,” said Schaperjahn.
The shop itself is donating all proceeds from haircuts Wednesday to the Smith family, with customers lining up to participate.
“Holiday time of year, Christmas is coming, they had a grandson that lived with them–they lost everything too,” said Schaperjahn.
Lance Miller is one of many who showed up to support Justice Smith’s family. He says Charlie was a kind man, who often showed mercy on those in his court.
“I didn’t mind stopping and giving a donation, we’re good people here, everybody tries to help everybody out,” said Miller.
And though Micah is taking the week off from the shop to deal help come to terms with his father’s tragic death, Schaperjahn says he has been overwhelmed by support, but that is what being a part of a family is all about.
“Whatever we can do to make it easier on them, there is no amount of money that is going to bring their dad back,” said Schaperjahn.
Charlie Smith’s wake is taking place Wednesday night at the Robert M Halgas Funeral Home in Johnstown.
Anyone wishing to drop off money or donations for the family can do so at the Hagaman Barber Shop.