MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – For many this Labor Day holiday, Monday means kicking back, eating good food, and being surrounded by friends and family.
At one annual picnic, it’s is all about giving back and celebrating the community.
The grills were working overtime this Labor Day at Bickford Park.
“We’ve got smoke sausage, cheeseburgers, hamburgers, fish. We’ve got crappie,” said Charles Brown with the Old School Association.
It was all for the 11th annual Old School Association’s picnic, which celebrates its community in north Memphis. Many members are proud graduates of Manassas High School.
“Today is all about us getting together and having a good time like we always do.”
But it’s also rooted in a history of feeding kids in need in the community.
“They didn’t have food to eat, so they would come up while we were BBQing. They say ‘hey, we’re giving all this food to the children, why don’t we start doing this,’” said Brown.
While the adults were cooking, the children were bouncing with energy. For many there, they wanted to show the youth a good time and a positive influence.
“It’s all about unity, man. Holding Hands. Prayer. Especially prayer. We can change all that violence on the streets. We got to stop all that kind of stuff. So that’s a reason we try and do this kind of stuff, for the kids. We’ve got to start with our youth,” said grillmaster Timothy Farmer.
“Just look around, it’s a beautiful thing,” said Farmer. “It’s just something special, and we look forward to feeding everybody.”