Volunteers with Love Out Loud serve the community

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Several hundred people are doing service work in Meridian for Love Out Loud, a week-long mission event in and around Meridian. On Tuesday the group provided free haircuts, hair washes, manicures and more to whoever needed them.

The executive pastor at Northcrest Baptist Church, Wade Phillips, says this is one the biggest missions the group does.

"We call it Caring Cuts," Phillip said. "The bottom line is we want people to know the Christians here love their city."

Volunteer Hollie Barber considers the annual event a way to show the community that people care.

“These people have gotten to know us so that’s been really good for them to be able to come and see some familiar faces," Barber said.

Jamie Ainsworth agrees.

“We just think we’re all given different gifts," Ainsworth said. "We believe we can use those for the good of each other and not just for our own good.”

Love Out Loud also provided lunch for law enforcement officers Tuesday afternoon.

This is the seventh year for Love Out Loud, a ministry started by Northcrest Baptist, but now Oak Hill Baptist and dozens of other churches participate.