Residents will certainly feel the love during an upcoming event that will offer free admission, free musical entertainment, free food, free drink and free games, among other freebies.
The event is being called “Love Loud 2012” and it will be offered Aug. 25 from 4-8 p.m. in the parking lot of Big Lots at Northgate Center.
“Our whole goal in this is to love the city and give back to the community,” said DeWayne Howard, pastor of Bridges of Hope Fellowship. “This is not about our church or tricking people to come to church. Our whole goal is to love. That’s why everything is free.”
Thanks to growing community support for the idea, the event will have something free for everyone including 30 carnival games, inflatables, pizza, hot dogs, drinks, eye exams, hair cuts, clothing, door prizes, and music — rap, country and contemporary Christian.
Giving a special concert performance during the event will be Schyler Dixon. Schyler and her brother, Colton Dixon, were “American Idol” contestants. The siblings play in a Christian rock band called “Messenger” in Murfreesboro.
The Lions Club will be offering eye exams and trying to help people who need glasses, while clothing will be provided by Clothe My Children, a nonprofit organization from Knoxville. Clothe My Children accepts gently used clothing and distributes it to families in need.
“As of right now, there will be two people there giving away free hair cuts,” said Howard.
Event organizer Kendra Foust says the evening will be like a block party by the community, for the community.
“It will be like a big block party,” said event organizer Kendra Foust. “We hope everyone comes out and enjoys themselves. This event is all out showing love in this community.”
Cost for the event will be covered through donations made by individuals, churches and organizations of items, monetary or services.
“The community has been very supportive of this,” said Howard. “Because of that, the event is growing every day. If anyone might want to offer a free service or help in anyway, give us a call.”
For more information or to get involved with Love Loud 2012, contact Kendra Foust by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Bridges of Hope Fellowship at 815-8870.