"Cut the Hate, Share the Love" will take place at the Kingdom Center in downtown Chattanooga.
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All over the South, each and every day, hometown heroes are working hard to make their communities better places to live.

One such individual who works tirelessly to improve the lives of individuals, especially kids, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the larger area, is Dontay Hampton, CEO of youth mentor program and outreach group, Y.B. Normal. With an ethos of "Why be normal? Be extraordinary," Dontay and his team travel around the Tennessee Valley working as youth mentors, hosting motivational speaking events, and doing general community outreach.

Now, they've scheduled their biggest event to date on March 8th, at the Kingdom Center in Chattanooga, this time, serving the homeless. The event, billed as "Cut the Hate, Share the Love," will be a chance for the local homeless community to enjoy a free meal and get a free haircut, along with a chance for them to get tested for HIV and STDs by medical professionals, as WRCB TV in Chattanooga originally reported. Free clothing and shoes for the homeless will also be distributed.

"It takes a village to build people up," Hampton told the news outlet. After seeing an outburst of violence in Chattanooga in 2015, Hampton was inspired to create the group and make a positive impact on the community. "At the end of the day, I didn't have a father so just being that impact for some people is amazing to me," Hampton said. Watch the full news segment here.

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In the Chattanooga area and looking to get involved and help (they're still looking for volunteer hairstylists!) or want to find out more about Y.B. Normal? You can send an email to info@ybnormal.org.

Mr. Hampton, your example is inspiring. We're sure all of your incredible efforts for the Chattanooga community is making a marked impact and showing kids how to unlock the power within themselves.