Love wins

Difference makers can be world changers who unite to make a difference in their community.

This weekend on June 27, Standing4Change will host a barbecue at Douglas Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, giving patrons a chance to connect with one another.

Stephanie Morcom, Outreach Coordinator for Ambrosia Treatment Center, said everyone’s invited to come out and join in for food, games and to ask a panel of community leaders their questions.

Community members will have the opportunity to address a one-on-one speaker panel.

“Citizens will be able to physically go up and talk with leaders such as Sheriff McKinney, Kimberly Meek, Jason Hicks, Vice Mayor Patty Wininger and Chief Ford,”  Morcom said. “It’ll be a time that people can ask their questions as it relates to the events going on.”

According to their Facebook page, Standing4Change, event sponsor, is an organization comprised of a group of dreamers gathered to discuss ways in which the city could overcome inequality and division. They exist to share the love of Jesus and offer hope to those hurting in the community.

Morcom said the event will include food, such as hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as a variety of games throughout the event. 

Games and activities for the day include nine square in the air, corn hole, kick ball, volleyball, football throw, giant bowling, stickers and tattoos for kids and balloon animals.

Shannon Sanders, Executive Director of the Douglass Senior Center, originated the group Standing4Change.

“Shannon started Standing4Change, which is a group of different community leaders, from kind of all segments of the community, and they’ve been around for a long time,” Morcom said. “So we’re trying to use the group that we already have to kind of get people involved.” 

According to Morcom, Sanders said the main message of the group is “I see you, I hear you, I’m standing for change with you because love wins together.”

Standing4Change gives those in the area the opportunity this weekend to come out and ask questions, to not only get answers but also to help find solutions and answers to questions they may have about ongoing national issues.

“This is a chance for our community to be apart of the solution and to come together as one and to address our concerns but also talk about solutions,” Morcom said. “We don’t want to just bring problems to the table, we want to talk about solutions and so this is a time for everyone to come out, voice their concerns, have fun, get to know one another and show what Duncan’s all about — that we stand together.”

Douglas Park is located at south 2nd Street in Duncan. 

For more information, visit Standing4Change on Facebook or find the event Love Wins BBQ on Facebook.

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