Feature image caption: Andre Johnson, front, cuts Shyren Mack’s hair, while Kyle McGee cuts his brother’s hair, Mekki Mack.
BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer
Despite a cold Friday evening on December 15, crowds of people hurried in and out of Word of Faith Ministries, 2911 Stickney, for the fifth annual, “Haircuts 4 Humanity.” Sponsored by Mike Colbert, and Franklin Park Lincoln, the event offered more than haircuts for those present.
Manicures, in addition to haircuts, were given to the children, free coats, hats, and gloves, food to take home, and hot food, were all a part of the evening.
“It feels good being able to help others,” Mr. Colbert told The Toledo Journal. “We do this annually, because we just like to help people;” he said.
Bishop Kevin Sutton, senior Pastor at Word of Faith Ministries, said, “Being able to give back to the community is truly a blessing.”
“I’m excited about what’s going on right now,” said Pastor Terry Sutton, wife to Bishop Sutton. “It’s always motivating trying to be Christ-like,” she said.
Tanekia Watkins was there with her children. She said the spirit at the church embodied the true feeling of Christmas.
“Everyone here is so welcoming,” she said. “I don’t even belong to the church, yet, they’re treating me like family,” Ms. Watkins said.
Andre Johnson and Kyle McGee are both professional barbers, who volunteered their time, to cut the hair.
“I know how it is to need a haircut, but can’t afford to get one,” Mr. Johnson said. “So when the opportunity was presented to me, I didn’t hesitate to volunteer my services,” he said.
“Giving a child a free haircut puts on smile on their face. When he feels good, I feel good,” Mr. McGee said.