METAIRIE, La. - The smoky flavor of Bar-B-Cued Chicken greeted thousands arriving at the 'Feed The Multitudes' July 4 celebration, and it was a big party.
"It's about getting in touch with a higher power, and it's a great event for the community, and we love coming to this event," said Sonja Jones.
"I enjoy coming out here to eat, I enjoy the gospel," Broderick Smith.
Victory Fellowship Church welcomes anyone to join the celebration, especially those facing tough times. There were haircuts, manicures and pedicures, even shoes.
"We give away 500 pairs of brand new shoes, and it is really a one-on-one moment," said Pastor Frank Bailey.
"Every year I come and bring my personal toys, some I don't play with any more, and give it to kids that don't even have any toys," said young Noah Leger.
This was the first Feed The Multitudes in 1990, when Pastor Frank Bailey saw they could help others.
"You start reaching out to meet other people's needs, it changes your life," Pastor Bailey said then.
An Action Report that year led to donations that helped make it a success.
And they're still doing it 25 years later, and just as patriotic as ever. Their church has changed. Once they needed Action Reports to get the supplies, now the community comes out to help them.
"The business community began to rally behind us, restaurants, and bakeries, and and hotels, and different businessmen and women in the city," said Pastor Bailey.