The Doctors: Barber Gives Homeless Free Haircuts
Dr. Travis Stork explained that for over seven years, it has been their mission to cure viruses, but today, they wanted to spread one: SMOCK. Smock stands for simple moments of contagious kindness and is used as a hashtag.
Some of the #SMOCK moments the doctors shared were when a grocery store worker took friendly service to a whole new level when he helped an elderly customer tie his shoe. Another man let an elderly woman sit on him and rest her legs during an elevator shutdown. One woman accidentally through her life savings away, only to have it returned by an honest recycling worker.
The Drs: Joe The Barber Homeless Haircuts For Hugs
Joe the barber is yet another example of #SMOCK, because he cuts hair for the homeless. He said he started doing it when he was in the red cross. He’s 83 years old and doesn’t charge anything for a haircut except a hug. He said when someone hugs him, it’s the best payment he could get. He also said it’s about conversation and becoming family. He said he hopes that in some way he brings joy into the lives of the homeless people he serves.
Dr. Stork explained that random acts of kindness actually lower inflammation in the body, “so it’s not only good for others, it’s good for you.” They surprised him with a well deserved vacation to the Bahamas.
The Doctors: #SMOCK + Random Acts of Kindness
Dr. Stork explained that they will be “smocking” people all season, and Dr. Rachel already got off to a great start.
They played a clip that showed Dr. Rachael putting money into a vending machine and then putting a sticky note on the machine that said “your snack is on me. Pick something healthy and pass it on!” She also helped a woman at the grocery store by putting her cart away for her, and then gave a meal and a water bottle to a homeless man on the street.
The Doctors challenge you to get involved and participate by doing your own random act of kindness and then share it using #SMOCK.