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Church holds drive-thru Memorial Day cookout

Posted at 5:03 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 17:24:23-04

OWINGS MILLS, Md (WMAR) — It's a new kind of cookout.

"Fresh off the grill, coming onto their bun, into their bag and into their cars," said cookout organizer Ursula Thomas.

Instead of buffet style and picnic tables, it’s a drive-thru BBQ cookout. Uproar Church in Owings Mills wanted to find a way to unite the community and honor our fallen heroes in a safe way this Memorial Day.

"We just wanted to do something great for the community and just put smiles on peoples faces," said Thomas.

From church members to people who just heard about them yesterday, dozens lined up in cars to pick up meals prepared and delivered by volunteers in masks and gloves.

Thomas said the event is an extension of their weekly food pantry for families who need groceries.

"They make you feel very welcome and especially today, I think it is a fabulous idea," said Katie Grove.

"We can’t invite our families over like we would normal do during this time of year and just having the opportunity to even come out of the house and just seeing people is a big difference," said Chakiris Coleman.

Thomas said creating that sense of community was especially important today.

"Memorial Day is celebrating all the fallen soldiers who gave their lives so that we can have the freedoms that we have so just coming together and one, recognizing that, but that also knowing that we are greater together," said Thomas.

Uproar Church’s free community pantry is every Sunday from 2-4 p.m.