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August 19, 2013

Breaking down barriers

Local church hosts annual picnic for community

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ANDERSON, Ind. —

Coming from Rhode Island, he said he too noticed a divide in the community.

“Efforts like this working toward reconciling those differences is great,” he said.

While Debra Kemp, of Anderson, has known about the annual picnic for awhile, it was her first time out Sunday and she said it was a day of “good gospel in the park.”

”It’s nice to see so many people out for fellowship,” she added.

The picnic saw about 2,000 people last year and Robinson expected it to peak around 3 p.m. Sunday.

”I think it’s great every year,” said Cheryl Dawson, of Anderson. It helps those struggling by providing them with a free meal, and gives the “kids a chance to run around being wild,” she said.

Plus, it’s a good time to come meet people and “see folks you haven’t seen in awhile.”

About 50 volunteers helped serve food, provide gospel music and supervise games for the little ones, all at no cost to picnic-goers.

Howard and Michelle Jones brought their children ranging in age from 2 to 17 and said there was something for everyone.

”The kids pick up on all of it, the fellowship, the songs,” Michelle said.

Howard said events like it are needed to help break down racial barriers and barriers between churches. They’ve been coming to the picnic for years and “keep them (the kids) exposed as much as possible.”

”It’s a regular thing with us,” he said. “Anytime we can get fellowship and be with other people, we find a way to be there.”

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