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Annual 'We Care' Homeless Cookout heads into 27th year

The event, which began with Carter and his father, is largely a success thanks to community support. (Photo Source: Trey Carter) The event, which began with Carter and his father, is largely a success thanks to community support. (Photo Source: Trey Carter)
The annual event feeds more than 600 and clothes well over 300 homeless individuals each year. (Photo Source: Trey Carter) The annual event feeds more than 600 and clothes well over 300 homeless individuals each year. (Photo Source: Trey Carter)

(WMC) - Another annual Labor Day tradition will continue as the community gathers to give back to those who are less fortunate.

According to the organizer and owner of Olympic Staffing, Trey Carter, the "We Care" Homeless Cookout began more than two decades ago as a family collaboration.

"The event began 27 years ago with my father, Pat Carter, and me taking the family grill, picking up charcoal, hamburgers, hotdogs chips and cookies and set out to Confederate Park to feed the homeless individuals that congregated in the park," said Carter. "Since then, we've had participation from church, family, business associates and friends in the community to this effort."

The cookout, which provides clothing, health screening haircuts and food to more than 600 people, is largely a success thanks to community support.

"We've been so fortunate to have a network of people that believe in giving back to the community just as we do. It takes a village to help a community and the village has shown up for over 20 years," added Carter.

The event will be held at Morris Park, located at Poplar and Manassas, behind Juvenile Court from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information, email Carter at trey.carter@octitraining.com.

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