It’s been two years since the Kettering Crossing shopping center hosted a cookout, but that didn’t stop more than 400 people from coming out Sunday to enjoy free food, raffles and children’s activities.
The Kettering community cookout was held from noon to dusk in the shopping center’s parking lot. Store owners from Kettering Crossing shared information about their services with residents, while children enjoyed a moon bounce and painted on wooden boards.
Sean White, the master barber at the Kettering Barbershop, said the cookout was very successful.
“Anytime you put a group of people together and you get a happy ending, it’s a great event,” White said.
White, a member of the Kettering men’s meeting, said the cook-out came back because store owners wanted to reconnect with the community. Thirty backpacks stuffed with school supplies and $18 in cab fare were raffled off at the event.
“If we can just help a few, people will recognize our generosity and help the shopping center,” White said.
He added members of the men’s meeting and store owners hope to give away 100 backpacks with school supplies during next year’s cook-out.
Businesses participating in this year’s cookout included the Kettering Barbershop, ARTkids, B.R.A.T. Box Salon 4 Kids II, Dollar Mart Plus, Peter’s Carryout and more.