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Labor Day cookout for the homeless

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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

On a hot and steamy Labor Day Monday Pat Carter, like he's done for the last 28 years, is helping feed those in need.

"My mother taught me I was responsible for the land I stood on, and that I needed to do something," Carter said. "I needed to make a contribution."
 
But Monday morning food was actually just a side dish at Morris Park in Downtown Memphis.

Also on hand was a clothes give away, free shoes to those in need, and free haircuts.

"I always give back to my community," Carter said.

But for the Carters, this day of giving is a family affair.

"It's grown organically and there's an opportunity for everyone to get involved," Trey Carter said.

It's also up to all of us as Memphians and Mid-Southerners to give back to the community we call home," Pat Carter said.

"Whether you don't have a lot of money or very little money the whole idea is you need to contribute," he said.  

It's something those in need appreciate, possibly more than words can describe.

"They don't have to do this but by the grace of God there is a God," said Michael Toney, homeless.

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