It was an afternoon filled with volunteerism, fellowship and praise as two local groups came together to provide free haircuts, hot meals and worship to the Yazoo community last Sunday.
The Yazoo-based Xi Kappa Kappa Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the locally-owned and operated CMG Barber Shop held its first “M-Pact” event within the community. About 30 children were provided with free haircuts, and their families and other visitors were also provided with a family-style barbecue meal. Aside from haircuts and delicious food, the event also held a variety of health, educational and recreational activities, as well as Sunday School lessons and gospel singing at the CMG Barber Shop on East Eighth Street.
Terrance Cannon, the fraternity’s local chapter president, and Nickalus Walker, the local chapter’s project coordinator, reached out to their fellow fraternity brothers to arrange an event to give back to the community. Andre Alexander, with Lil Dave’s Barbershop in Jackson, and Marcus Straughter, Curtis Johnson and Herbert Grayson, with the CMG Barber Shop, soon jumped on board in an effort to reach out to the local youth. The barbers and the remainder of the fraternity order came together in full force to show compassion, volunteerism and a servant’s heart.
“For me personally, I always try to reach out to the community and be a part of anything to help the kids,” Straughter said. “The kids were so excited and appreciative. For some of them, this is their back-to-school haircuts.”
Straughter said he enjoys interacting with local children. He added, with today’s distractions, the local children need more guidance than ever before.
“I see the direction that a lot of our kids are heading in,” he said. “But I feel like I can help. I can’t change the whole city, but I can do my part.”