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Volunteering never goes out of style

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 Christy Garlotte and other stylists volunteered to give haircuts to area homeless, Monday, May 2, 2016, at Mosaic Church in Ocean Springs.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Christy Garlotte and other stylists volunteered to give haircuts to area homeless, Monday, May 2, 2016, at Mosaic Church in Ocean Springs.

This wasn't your average haircut.

The stylists who assembled at Mosaic Church in Ocean Springs last week gave 50 homeless people more than a cut and a style.

"I just want to brighten someone's spirits and make them feel good about themselves," Paige Hutchinson of The Company Salon in Pascagoula told the Sun Herald. "I want them to feel refreshed and just love themselves; feel good about themselves."

Huthinson was one of the stylists recruited by Mosaic member Jade Faulk, herself a stylist.

The men, women and children sometimes ignored by society were catered to with gift bags and a lunch.

"It does a lot for them, it really lets them see all that they've been through and helps them look forward to when they get back into society," Charlean Myers, a counselor for Home of Grace, who brought 20 women to Mosaic.

Acts of giving are what the Coast is known for.

Take Clifton 'Bud' Boudreaux. The Coast banker has learned so much during his hundreds of hours of volunteering with the homeless, he just might become a social worker rather than a golfer when he retires in a few years. He's the Mississippi Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers' Public Citizen of the Year.

"I realized that so many people are homeless or become homeless because of one accident, or one illness or one job layoff," Boudreaux said.

And with state leaders slashing budgets at state agencies, volunteer help will be more important. Each one of use could be a part of a safety net for people less fortunate than we are.

We're not all stylists, nor possess the financial expertise of a banker, but we all have a gift. And it's not only the homeless who could use a hand. There are kids to tutor and coach, seniors to befriend, shelters and blood drives to staff and on and on the list goes.

If you are looking for places to start:

Mary Simons at marysimons@opendoorshc.org handles volunteer opportunities for Open Doors Homeless Coalition.

United Way of South Mississippi has a list of opportunities at volunteer.unitedwaysm.org

And, there are all kinds of ways to help at www.redcross.org/support

This editorial represents the views of the Sun Herald editorial board. Opinions of columnists and cartoonists are their own.

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