Salon owner in Chattanooga gives victims of domestic violence free makeovers

Salon owner Tera Johnson in Chattanooga is giving victims of domestic violence and people in need free makeovers. (Image: WTVC)

A salon owner in Chattanooga is giving victims of domestic violence and people in need free makeovers.

On this week's Pay It Forward, Jessica Harthorn surprises her at work after organizing the 5th annual Serving Our City event.

For Tera Johnson it's not about giving her clients the latest style - it's boosting their confidence as they tackle life's challenges.

It happens every year. There are free clothes, healthy snacks for the kids, a mobile mammogram service - even blood pressure readings.

This is Jackie McCain's third year volunteering at the Serving Our City event in Downtown Chattanooga.

She says anyone looking for some help is encouraged to stop by.

"Maybe they were down on their luck, maybe something happened and they can't fend for their families, so it warms your heart to hear the stories from the people," said Jackie McCain.

The driving force behind this free event is Tera Johnson.

She owns Radiant Salon off ML King in Downtown Chattanooga and has been styling Jackie's hair since the 1990's, but today she scheduled an appointment Tera won't forget.

"Oh my God!" said Tera.

"On behalf of NewsChannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, I want to Pay It Forward to you for what you do for the community, and helping people that need help and we thank you. Hold out your hand. 1, 2, 3, 4, $500," said Jackie.

"Thank you so much!" hugged Tera.

Tera just wrapped up the Serving Our City event, but she's already started collecting donations for next year.

"These would be good for an interview, these would be so cute with a black suit," Tera said, as she showed us a pair of donated shoes.

In a back room of the salon, Tera also showed us the clothes closet. It's for women who can't afford professional suits for a job interview.

"As we collect things, we start to hang them up and put them in different sizes, so that way as people come in, its like we turn this into a shopping closet for them," said Tera.

Jackie tells us Tera always has the needs of others on her mind.

"Would you like something to drink? Are you OK?" asked Tera to her customer.

"For me, it's meeting the need, seeing what's going on outside my door and taking action," said Tera.

Do you know someone who deserves $500 cash? Nominate them here!

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