Salon owners give back through their business

Salon owners give back through their business

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Goldie Hobby (left) and her business partner Janet Williams collect items each year for Second Harvest Food Bank. Goldie Hobby (left) and her business partner Janet Williams collect items each year for Second Harvest Food Bank.
"We have a heart to give. We grew up in rural area and know hunger so when Second Harvest started, Janet and I decided five years ago to put in the barrels," said Goldie Hobby. "We have a heart to give. We grew up in rural area and know hunger so when Second Harvest started, Janet and I decided five years ago to put in the barrels," said Goldie Hobby.
Salon owner Goldie Hobby and Janet Williams brought in Second Harvest barrels five years ago. Salon owner Goldie Hobby and Janet Williams brought in Second Harvest barrels five years ago.
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By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - On Thanksgiving it's nice to say thank you to all the people who help those who are less fortunate. The holidays bring out the best in us.

From the bell ringer who raises hope one coin at a time to the volunteer who spends his holidays dishing out meals to those who might otherwise go hungry, East Tennesseans have never been shy about helping.

Goldie Hobby is no exception.

Over the years she and her business partner Janet Williams have pitched in wherever they're needed and they make sure their staff members, including Goldie's daughter, Candis, pitch in too.

I've witnessed that giving spirit firsthand. Goldie has been cutting my hair for more than a decade.

"We have a heart to give. We grew up in rural area and know hunger so when Second Harvest started, Janet and I decided five years ago to put in the barrels and so the next year our clients started asking, 'When are the barrels coming back?'," said Goldie.

Working at the Hobby-Williams Salon, it's hard to miss the Second Harvest Food Bank barrels or the dozens of other good deeds Goldie is involved in.

"She just wants to help everybody. She's always willing to stick a hand out no matter. If you need her she's always there," said assistant Kristen Rader.

The staff members at the salon have a willingness to help, whether its a homeless person or someone who shows up at their door hungry. The question is never if, but how much.

"There's a saying here, 'We'll give you the shirt off our back and if that doesn't fit we'll give you another from the girls.' Janet and I just want to be part of the community and give back," Goldie said.

Goldie Hobby is an example of the best of the spirit of East Tennessee.

And on Thanksgiving Day, WATE says thank you to her to Janet and the staff and all those across East Tennessee who are making a difference.


If you know someone who you believe is an example of the Spirit of East Tennessee, e-mail me at gpatterson@wate.com.

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