GARY | Christmas was last week, but Carter Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and Mighty Sharp Barbershop remained in the giving spirit Monday by providing free haircuts to local children.
Merrillville Town Councilman Richard Hardaway, a member of Carter Memorial, said the idea for the program came from Arnell Robinson, of Mighty Sharp.
The church and the Merrillville barbershop first provided free haircuts in August for children returning to school. More than 40 students attended that program.
"Their efforts are to be commended," Hardaway said of Mighty Sharp.
There was a steady flow of children at Monday's event.
The Rev. Willie B. Weaver Jr., pastor of Carter Memorial, said he hoped the number of children attending the event would at least be the same as the first haircut program.
Weaver said the free haircuts are part of the church's efforts to help the community.
Following the first haircut program, Sherman Rogers, a Mighty Sharp barber, became a member of Carter Memorial, Hardaway said.
Since then, Rogers has started another program that provides an opportunity for youths at the church to obtain free haircuts or haircuts at reduced prices for good grades.
"It gives you something to strive for," Hardaway said.