Alan & Teddie Kossof, photo courtesy of makeitbetter.net
Teddie Kossof’s office is packed with knickknacks and tchotchkes, artwork he admires and mixed-medium pieces he created.
Pictures of his family line the wall behind his desk, which is covered in figurines of mythical creatures and personal mementos. Among the statues sits a small, unassuming flip picture frame open to a photograph from August 2, 1988. In the picture, Kossof stands in front of a large gray and black van. A young man in a wheelchair sits next to him, and they smile as they each give the camera a thumbs up. The boy is the son of a regular client from his salon, and after a football accident left him in a wheelchair, Kossof raised $45,000 to buy him a van he could use to get to school. She came to him and said she was in desperate need, Kossof says, that nobody was helping her, that she couldn’t make her weekly salon visits because she had too many new expenses.
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