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Church opens its doors for annual ‘giveaway’

Hundreds of free items organized, offered up to anyone, no questions asked

September 30, 2012
By CRAIG MOON , Times-Republican

Long before the doors at the Church of Christ opened, a line began to form in anticipation of the "giveaway" on Saturday morning. The premise is simple - no price tags, no cash, checks or charge cards, no monetary donations, no questions or qualifying, just people helping people.

"It's been a busy week collecting and organizing the donations," said Amy Prescott, one of the organizers of the giveaway hosted by the church. "We've been blessed and want to share and serve."

Items for the giveaway, which is in its ninth year, were donated by the congregation and other friends and supporters. A large clothing selection, of all manners and sizes, was available. The gymnasium had been converted to a clothing room for the day. All the clothing was neatly organized and sorted for display.

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Amid hundreds of items collected by the Church of Christ congregation, and offered up for free on Saturday, Paul Prescott, minister at the church, and Amy Prescott, an organizer of the event, are shown as they open up the doors for three hours to share their blessings with the community.

In the church's lower level there was furniture, appliances, films, books, housewares and a large selection of toys. Judy Leage was hosting a snack bar offering free beverages and cookies.

"Our goal is to help people, and to let them know we care," said Paul Prescott, minister at the Church of Christ. "A lot of people are involved with this event, and it's good for them as well."

The Church of Christ, 1402 S. Center St., has a tradition of more than 100 years in the community.



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