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Free meal aims to unite community after spike in crime

(Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)

In light of all of the recent crime in one Cape Girardeau community, residents gathered at the Bridge Outreach Center for a free meal.

The goal of the meal was to bring some positivity into the community, a community that just a few weeks ago had a violent shooting that left one man dead.

"Even the young man being murdered down the street, a community has to want to help itself," Outreach Ministries Pastor Scott Johnson said. "You can talk talk talk talk talk talk, but are you a part of the problem or a part of the solution? Marching is fine, speaking out is fine, but how much action are you putting behind what you're talking about accomplishing."

More than a hundred people gathered together at The Bridge Outreach Center at the corner of Frederick Street and Jefferson Street.

The location was just a half a block away from where the shooting took place.

"I know we're not going to change the world today," Raelenna Ferguson said. "And we're not going to change Cape Girardeau today with one meal. But I do believe it's breaking down one wall barrier and it's one step in the right direction. Even if it's a small one. Even if it's just a meal. It can make an impact."

Volunteers gathered together and cooked food for many people.

When people weren't eating, they were talking with each other, connecting as a community.

And that's what the goal was: to see people connect and bond with each other.

"Let's show with all the negativity going on that there's still some of us that can be positive to our community," Johnson said.

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