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Labor Day cookouts raise thousands of dollars for charities

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - Some Labor Day cookouts are raising thousands of dollars for local charities.

"People can drive through and not have to cook on Labor Day and not have to labor," said Jim Hines of the Signal Mountain Lions Club.

There was a line of cars driving through Althaus Park on Signal Mountain Monday afternoon -- all picking up plates of barbecue.

"This culminates our biggest fundraiser. We really look forward to this," said Hines.

Money from the barbecue plates, along with a new car raffle, help the Lions Club's sight programs. They provide vision tests for students, glasses for kids and elderly folks, as well as some eye surgeries.

"I used to be a school administrator, so I always had children who couldn't get glasses," said Hines. "They'd get a pair and break them two days later, but the Lions would always come through and make sure those children had glasses so they could be successful."

It was the same menu -- but helping different people over at Red Bank's Masonic Lodge.

"This is an annual event for us. We've been doing it 17 years, and it gets better each year hopefully," said Bob McGavock.

Their Labor Day lunch will help out several different local charities, including Red Bank Elementary School and building local wheelchair ramps.

"Whether they're a member or not, if we become aware of a situation we think we can help on, we're there," McGavock said.

Last year, the Lions Club raised nearly $30,000. The Masonic Lodge also hopes to bring in several thousand dollars.

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