Block party sponsored by GentileKings

As Kevin Shelton and J.D. Perry were laboring at a hot grill under a hotter sun, Loretta Stewart and Tracy Threatts were across the parking lot, distributing free school supplies to those in need, and Brandi Penick was encouraging people to register to vote.

They were among the many volunteers giving back to the community at the first-ever block party sponsored by a new ministry in Columbus called the GentileKings.

The party, featuring food, games, free school supplies and vendors, was from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Thornton's BBQ, 2212 Cusseta Road, in Columbus.

The group, launched about three months ago, meets every second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Blue Fast Tax on Buena Vista Road; and 4-6pm every Tuesday at the Frank D. Chester Recreation Center on Benning Drive.

For more information on the organization, check out their website at http://thegentlekings.org/home