Knoxville boy shaves his head to remember troops overseas for Christmas

Ryan Noel

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville boy finds a unique way to remember our troops serving overseas this holiday season.

Eight-year-old Ryan Noel was inspired after a conversation with his grandfather about soldiers who can’t come home for Christmas.

He decided to shave his head and take a picture with a sign that reads, “I got a GI Joe haircut honoring our military men and women that won’t be able to be home for Christmas.”

Ryan Noel
Ryan Noel

He’s hoping the picture goes viral, so troops overseas will know he’s thinking of them.

“They don’t get to come home for Christmas, and they don’t get to see their family and have fun and open presents like they do back at home,” Ryan said.

“I’m glad that he is thinking of other people,” his mom Tonya said.

At first, Ryan wanted to send Christmas cards to the troops. But Tonya said they weren’t able to do that since they don’t personally know any soldiers currently overseas.

“He just thought ‘well what can I do.’ We talked about it and he came up with the idea,” Tonya said.

“I felt bad for the people who don’t get to come home for Christmas, so I wanted to shave all my hair to support them,” Ryan said.

His grandpa gave him the haircut a few days ago, but not without a few tears.

Ryan Noel pictured with his grandfather and older brother. (Photo credit: Noel family)
Ryan Noel pictured with his grandfather and older brother. (Photo credit: Noel family)

 

“I thought I was going to go bald,” Ryan said.

“He thought his hair was gone forever, like he thought it was never going to grow back,” Tonya said laughing.

We asked Ryan what he wanted to say to our troops.

“I want to thank them for protecting us and serving our country and let them have a Merry Christmas,” he said.

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