Kuna UMC creates community through back-to-school haircuts


For years, Kuna United Methodist Church in Kuna, Idaho, has worked with local stylists to offer free back-to-school haircuts for kids. These usually happened on a weekday. This year, the haircut event was combined with a church BBQ and game night on the Sunday evening just before the first day of school. 

Despite temperatures approaching 100 degrees, three stylists from Dapper Dan’s, a local salon/barbershop in Kuna, set up outdoors under shade canopies with fans. Whole families enjoyed dinner and games while kids waited for their haircuts. By the time the 34 haircuts were finished, serving nearly 20 families, the sun was going down.

“We were amazed by the turnout. Next year we’ll start earlier,” said Cassidy Hood, one of the organizers of the event and member of Kuna UMC leadership team.

“I heard from many parents what a huge difference this made for them. And I loved that church people and the people we were serving were all mixed up together,” said Rev. Mia Crosthwaite. “That’s Kingdom of God stuff right there. Wonderful!”