East Tennessee churches celebrate Serve Day by giving back

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Hundreds of churches across the country celebrated Serve Day. It's a day to give back to the community. Several East Tennessee churches also took part.

"This is our chance to reach out to the community and let them know we love them, and Christ loves them," said Terry Neal, who helped serve the community through City Hills Church.

The congregation paid for laundry and laundry detergent, which was just one way City Hills church members like Neal gave back.

"We're doing loads of love here," said Neal.

They're honoring Serve Day at Family Bubble, a laundromat off Sutherland Ave. in West Knoxville. It's a day where churches across the country serve their community.

"It's a blessing," said Patricia Jackson, who got her laundry for free. "It's a blessing from God. God is smiling down appreciating what they do."

City Hills isn't stopping here. Neal said hundreds are out throughout the area.

"We're one of 10 churches in the Knoxville area doing projects from yard work to the elderly," said Neal. "We have an oil change station. We have 16 different projects from our church."

It's Neal's first year with the church and first day celebrating Serve Day.

"Hopefully what they've taken away from this is that God loves them and we love them," said Neal.

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