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HIDDEN HERO: Helping the homeless one haircut at a time

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Sherry Wood volunteers at Wayside Christian Mission to give homeless men, women and children free haircuts. Sherry Wood volunteers at Wayside Christian Mission to give homeless men, women and children free haircuts.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It may be the most unlikely hair salon in all of Louisville with the most appreciative customers. WDRB's Hidden Hero for the month of April goes to a hair stylist who only accepts the boosted self-confidence of the homeless she serves as payment.

With every foil, Sherry Wood is helping Tammy Benton feel more like herself again.

“I thought about putting some low lights in her hair to kind of make it stylish,” said Wood.

Benton has fallen on hard times. Evicted from her home, she's ended up at Wayside Christian Mission. She hasn't had a hair cut in more than a year.

“I deal with depression as well as substance abuse and recovery and so it lifts me up it makes me feel better about myself,” Benton explained.

“Sherry has been doing this service for our folks since about 2005,” said Nina Moseley, chief operating officer at Wayside Christian Mission.

Every Wednesday, Wood cuts, colors and highlights. She helps women leave their insecurities behind.

A few minutes under the dryer and Tammy Benton feels like a new woman.

“A lot of that is they've either never had a professional hair cut or they've been on the street and don't have any way to get it,” explained Wood.

“She gives her day off every week to do this for our homeless men women and children and we really appreciate it,” said Moseley.

And because of all that she gives, WDRB recognized Sherry Wood as the Hidden Hero this month. She receives a $500 check courtesy of Becker Law Office.

“They're all wonderful I love them it’s like family here. They treat me well. It's my blessing it truly is,” said Wood.

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