Throughout the week, 12 area churches have joined together to, “Love Loud.”
More than 250 volunteers crossed denominational lines, working together to beautify and improve the lives through a series of projects throughout the community.
Saturday morning, volunteers joined forces at Lynn Camp Middle/High School to plant flowers in the step planters near the main entrance to the school.
Alicia Johnson, who attended Lynn Camp in 1994 and attends Immanuel Baptist Church, said she is happy to work on a massive project such as this.
“This is what it was built for, but the school system hasn’t had the funds,” Johnson noted as she shoveled pea gravel into the bottom planters so they could continue to be used as seats.
Johnson’s eight-year-old niece, River Greer, was shoveling right alongside her. Greer said she was excited about coming out to the school to help with the project, even though she was giving up part of her sunny Saturday to do so.
“She came willingly,” Johnson said of Greer.
“I love it,” Johnson said of the project and the Love Loud program.
At the automotive classrooms of the Corbin Area Technology Center, Terry Beechum was part of a group that was changing the oil in vehicles for single mothers and widows.
Three teams tackled the line of vehicles for more than four hours.
Beechum, who attends Central Baptist Church, said this was his fourth year as part of the oil changing team.
“It feels good to reach out to people that can use the help,” Beechum said.
Over the course of the week, the Love Loud volunteers performed painting and landscaping duties at other area schools, set up a tailgating area at the high school football games at Corbin and Lynn Camp, hosted teacher appreciation lunches for faculty and staff at Oak Grove, Corbin Primary, Elementary and Middle schools, held a free yard sale for individuals in need, hosted two block parties, and practiced a variety of “Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness,” throughout the area.
“It is just a way of being intentional with sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Central Baptist Church Pastor Chad Bonnell. “We just look for a way to serve people.”
“The block parties were a huge success again,” Bonnell said of the events held at Corbin Manor and Spider Creek.
Bonnell said officials from the respective churches will be meeting to analyze and break down the program.
“We had a couple more churches jump on board and the churches that had been involved just seemed to step up even more this year,” Bonnell said.
Bonnell added that Love Loud would not be successful without the support of area businesses.
Walmart donated the oil, filters and other items for the oil changes. Lowes and Hardees also donated items throughout the week.
“The more we can get donated, the more we can do,” Bonnell said.
“This is a bunch of churches coming together for the same purposes,” Bonnell added. “Small churches, big churches, and everything in between. How beautiful is that?”