“You never know if you’re entertaining an angel. That’s how I’ve always tried to live my life.”
Over the years, Felisha became known in her small South Carolina community of Aiken as the person to turn to in times of need.
When a homeless teenager would appear on a street corner in the middle of the night, Felisha would get the call and set out to help. In cosmetology school, she always came prepared with a stockpile of snacks to save her fellow classmates some vending-machine money and brighten their day.
So in December 2015 when a video of someone giving street haircuts to the homeless started popping up on her friends’ news feeds, Felisha was the first to be tagged. And she rose to the challenge.
Felisha adopted it as her New Year’s resolution and organized her first event to give haircuts to the homeless on Valentine’s Day, 2016. 14 cosmetologist friends showed up to help, and over 106 people received haircuts and food that day.
“After that,” says Felisha, “I was hooked.” She continued to organize events—sometimes simply dragging her folding chair out to a local park when she spotted someone she could help. Her organization, Walking Tall, was born.