TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

May 17, 2011

Laurel church to ‘Love Loud’


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Michele Baker / Staff Writer

Believing that actions speak louder than words, a Laurel County church is preparing to “Love Loud” this weekend.

Hawk Creek Church will conduct its annual “Love Loud” event Saturday that offers a variety of free services to those in need, including free oil changes to single moms, according to project coordinator Leslie Ryser.

Free services to everyone will include an assortment of health care screenings and referrals such as blood pressure checks; diabetes, cholesterol and oxygen tests and dental exams. Members from the Laurel County Health Department will give out information.

The whole family can get a free haircut.

“This is always a popular thing and we will also be offering free makeovers,” Ryser said.

Everyone who attends will get lunch.

“We will be feeding everybody that comes in. So basically people can get whatever services they need,” Ryser said. “Some people use all of the services and others just a few, based on their needs.”

Ryser added, “They can eat, hang out and relax while they are waiting to get their oil changed or are in line to get their hair cut.”

Ryser explained the motto of the “Love Loud” project is that actions speak louder than words and their motivation comes straight from the Bible.

“We believe as followers of Christ, we are called to serve others in a real and tangible way and we just want to put our faith in action,” Ryser said. “We don’t want anything from folks, we just want them to come in, love on them and make their day better.”

A lot of single moms have gotten a free oil change in previous “Love Loud” events.

“We have had people come in with a car that is five or six years old that has never had an oil change,” Ryser said. “A lot of the cars that we change oil for have over a hundred thousand miles on them and these cars are just limping in.”

Ryser said there are a lot of people who struggle to make ends meet and have to stretch their dollars further and the church just wants to help out.

“Times are tough and it’s just awesome to be able to help.”

For more information about the event, contact the church at 877-9682.