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Phoenix-area barber wins Pay It Forward Award

A friend saw how much a Phoenix-area barber does to get food to those in need so he decided to...
A friend saw how much a Phoenix-area barber does to get food to those in need so he decided to Pay It Forward.(Arizona's Family)
Updated: Oct. 14, 2021 at 2:51 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — We Paid It Forward to Santo Graziano, a local barber who organized a team of people to find food for those in need. “Santo is one of those people that you meet, and you just know that he is thinking of people who are less fortunate. He asked us to participate in a program that delivered unsold bakery goods and delivered them to St. Vincent de Paul for the homeless, the hungry and poor,” his friend Donald said.

Graziano is one special guy. For the past eight years, he has recruited volunteers to gather food each day that would help others. He and his wife Joan would find businesses to donate and then schedule volunteers to pick up the food. Because of his hard work, his friend Don wanted to Pay It Forward to him.

We walked up to Santo and he was surprised. “You are surprising me because you are doing this,” said Santo. “I thought you deserved some recognition and return for the recognition, here’s a gift card for $500, " said Don.

“Oh my gosh! Like I said, I see you guys all the time - you are shocking me because I am getting this,” said Santo. Cutting hair and getting to know his customers is important to Santo, and it’s at the barbershop where he finds great people to help him deliver food.

“I believe in helping people. I like people. That’s why I’m a barber. I have been a barber for years and I like visiting with people. They are almost like a family because you have been with them for so many years. I like to make them smile. I really appreciate this.” If you would like to nominate someone for our Pay It Forward Award, just fill out the nomination form here.