Mid-Southerners use Labor Day for praise, helping needy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mid-Southerners use Labor Day for praise, helping needy

(WMC-TV) - Some Mid-Southerners spent the Labor Day holiday by celebrating with prayer and helping those in need.

Labor Day became praise and worship day at Greater Community Temple Church in East Memphis.  During the service, members with jobs gave thanks, while those looking for work were given words of spiritual encouragement.

"One of the purposes of this service is, of course, to rekindle your faith and to push you toward promise and to allow you to get to a place where you are motivated and full of expectations," said Bishop Brandon Porter.

Across town at Morris Park, hundreds of needy Memphians lined up for free burgers, barbecue and other food.  The event was called "We Care" and was organized by local business and religious leaders in the community.

"Our goal is to make sure we understand our social responsibility to ourselves and our community," said organizer Pat Carter.

Organizers said the goal goes beyond just feeding those in need.  They said they are also feeding souls.

"We have some mental health professionals, also those from the clergy that are here to worship with them and help them get to the right path after today," said organizer Patrick Carter, Jr.

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