Good Deed: Union Gospel Mission receives matching gift to support free Labor Day barbeque fundraiser

Area residents have an opportunity to do a good deed on Labor Day by supporting the Union Gospel Mission at its 9th Annual Labor Day Barbeque Fundraiser, to be held Monday, Sept. 4, in front of Maple Street Biscuit Company at 2020 Gunbarrel Road from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents can drive up to get a free barbeque plate with the hope they will donate to the mission in return.

To encourage giving, an anonymous donor has come forward with a $5,000 gift. Every dollar raised on Labor Day will be matched up to this $5,000.

"All money raised from the barbeque will go directly to service," the Rev. Jon Rector, executive director of Union Gospel Mission, said. "Without the generosity of our community, we could not provide housing to the shelter and create lasting change in men's lives."

For more information on how to help, visit or call 423-752-4998.

Kimberly George Race