Local business pampers Katrina evacuees - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Local business pampers Katrina evacuees

"I had my eyebrows done, my nails done, my hair done." I feel good. I feel blessed."

Cheryl Brown sat with her daughter Tara, and niece Paula Jones, at Turnin Heads Salon in Raleigh on Monday.  Nearby, granddaughter Crystal Shaw was getting her nails done. They are all victims of Hurricane Katrina from Bogalusa, Louisiana.

Cheryl Brown lost everything.

"We had no lights, no water, no gasoline, no house," Brown said. "So we just took what we had and came to Memphis."

Turning Heads is normally closed on Monday. But when a local church called owner Jackie Williams, and asked if she'd host about hurricane victims for free services, she jumped at the chance.

"I always wanted to do it," Williams said. "When I heard about the hurricane, it was something I wanted to do...to give back, and I asked my co-workers if they'd help."

Nearly a dozen hair dressers gave their time Monday to give something that three generations of women in this family haven't had in a while: pampering. Now these women say they've been treated so well in Memphis, they're not going back.

"I just want to cry," Brown said, "Ever since I came to Memphis...nothing but positive things."

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