More than 160 receive free haircuts during first ever Shear the Love event

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - More than 100 people in Madison County are sporting new styles thanks to the selfless volunteers at Shear the Love. Sure, all of the visitors were new to "Shear the Love;" it was the first time Christmas Charities Year Round offered it to the Madison County Community. But, the "new" continued for Christy Jones and her daughter, McKenna.

"I wanted to cry really," Jones said. "It's a happy moment because she needed it and it looks adorable."

McKenna got her first haircut ever during Saturday's event. It welcomed anyone in Madison County to receive a new look - for free.

"I think it's great," Jones said. "I saw it on Facebook and said, 'yeah, we're going to go because that's a great idea.' There's a lot of people that can't afford a haircut."

Twenty hairstylists welcomed more than 100 people into their chairs. That was a lot of clips and cuts, but they didn't mind.

"No, oh no, not at all, the more the merrier," Uptown Salon & Boutique Stylist Emily Hunt said.

Stylists like Hunt said the best outcome is more than the actual hairdo.

"It completely changes someone's day, week even, if they look good, if they look good, they feel good," Hunt said.

The giving didn't stop with hair care. The clients went home with boxes of food left over from the nonprofit's Christmas donations, free toiletries, information from United Way partnering agencies and free clothing. Volunteers said everyone shared in the love at Shear the Love.

"Everybody's had a low point, everybody's been down and not been able to afford something," Hunts said.

Just like visitors Christy and McKenna, a new haircut might even mean a new chapter.

"We got her curls," Jones said. "We're going to keep them and put them in her little scrapbook."

Christmas Charities Year Round said the numbers from Saturday's event showed they cut 165 people's hair, gave away 203 boxes of food and more than 2,100 clothing items. Families also received hygiene products and hot meals.

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