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Customers and others have put in hundreds of dollars to help the causes, as well as earlier efforts Baggett supported.
Baggett also helps in other, smaller ways.
A regular haircut costs $10, but customers like 20-year-old Hoschton Marine Ryan Weathers, just home from Afghanistan on post-deployment leave, pay just $8 for a military haircut.
The barber shop owner isn’t from a military family, but some of her loyal customers drew her into helping veteran’s causes. Quite a few are older veterans, some with painful medical conditions.
“I always try to give them a smile and try to cheer them up,” she said. “They have been so good to me over the years.”
Some come at least partly because of one hard-to-find service the barbershop provides — a back-of-the-neck shave with hot lather. A while back, some of her patrons were distressed to find that the hot lather machine broke.
“They were squirming and jumping,” she said.
Now there are three hot-lather machines in the barber shop.
Veterans aren’t the only people she tries to help.
“Carolyn also has a passion for the needy,” Beacham said.
She’s volunteered to give free haircuts to homeless people, he added.
The military Christmas tree will eventually go, at least for a while, replaced with a green one nearer to the holiday season.
Baggett said she’s glad that today veterans get more respect than when Vietnam veterans came home in the 1960s and 1970s.
“I’m glad to see that people are acknowledging soldiers a lot more than they used to,” she said.