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“We were just looking to give them something on Memorial Day to do,” said Maciah Clark, co-owner of Unknown Clothing. “You know everybody has their own cookouts and things like that, and them not really having a home and no one was really doing anything for them, so we wanted to throw a little function and give back at the same time.”

“We started off exercising social distancing so everybody had a mask; that’s one thing we were adamant about,” said Adrian Elliott, communication associate at The Friendship Center. “And we sectioned off the parking lot, providing chairs for residents to sit on.”

Clark brought his speaker and was the DJ for the event, keeping everyone entertained with great music. He also gave away over 50 pairs of jeans, some undershirts, plain T-shirts and sneakers.

“I had some stuff that I was looking to donate anyways with the store being closed,” Clark said. “I set up the clothes on tables by size, smallest to the biggest sizes I had. I had a bunch of boxes filled with socks, long johns and underwear and I literally told them, ‘take a bag and fill it up with whatever you need.’”

In another section of the parking lot was Dysean Shumpert, co-owner of In the Cut Barber Lounge, on the grill. Residents enjoyed grilled hot dogs, baked beans and corn on the cob.

“I donated hot dogs and free haircuts,” Shumpert said. “Being a New Britain resident it feels good to give back and everyone had a good time.”

Elliott hosted a few rounds of BINGO where the male winners won vouchers for free haircuts at In the Cut Barber Lounge and Kutz By D once the barbershops reopened.

“For the ladies who won I offered a free meal to a local restaurant of their choice on me,” said Darnell Tomlin, owner of Kutz By D, who also provided refreshments for the event.

Elliott introduced the residents to these business owners during the event “because I thought it was important for them to know these guys are right here in our neighborhood,” she said.

“We ended up meeting a bunch of nice people. I met one guy who had nine kids. He was struggling and the Friendship Center gave him a way out,” Clark said. “A lot of the people were so thankful and so happy that we were doing this.”

The business owners were all inspired by helping people at this event and are looking to do it again in the near future.

“We’re trying to do more things like that for the homeless and less fortunate,” Tomlin said. “Like if they have job interviews and they can’t afford a haircut for the interview they can come see me and I will offer them a free service.”

“I think the biggest piece was all of them getting together and showing their brotherhood, over 20 years of friendship. I think that’s what created the bond from growing up on the playground to becoming strong black business owners. It was a brighter version of them being in a giving mode,” Elliott said.

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