Bethesda Mission treats Harrisburg community to Labor Day block party

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The Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg has been helping the homeless and hungry since 1914.

“I had lost everything,” said Richard Jackson.  “I had completely lost everything, but by God’s grace and mercy, I came into this program and my life has not been the same ever since.”

Several years ago, Jackson was the one seeking help, but now, he’s the one helping others.

Jackson is now a cook at Bethesda Mission and spent his Labor Day preparing lunch for hundreds of people in need.

"Oh, it is just absolutely wonderful; I mean there are no words to really describe this,” Jackson said.

Dozens of people spent the afternoon enjoying live music, a petting zoo and games for the kids Monday afternoon.

It was all part of Bethesda Mission’s annual Labor Day block party.

"Many of the people that are here today would not be able to participate in other things going on around here because of the cost,” said Ken Ross the Director of Community Relations at Bethesda Mission.  “We try to let the community know that we really appreciate them, we really care for them and we want them to know, we're here for them."

"They have been a great beneficiary to my family and I appreciate that and I bless them for that,” said Joni Barton.

Folks with the mission say they’re grateful just to have this opportunity to give back.

"The mission has given so much to me, the least I can do is give back," said volunteer, Joseph Knight.