One Saturday every October, Hope Christian Fellowship hosts a free clothing giveaway for our community. Over the past few years, we have given away literally tons of items in all shapes and sizes, from casual wear for the whole family to shoes, winter coats, accessories, suits, and even a wedding dress. There are even baby items, toys, and more. Our entire facility becomes filled with tables and racks of gently used items... and they're all available for free.
Throughout the week leading up to the event, our church is open to receive donations from the community and various charitable resources. Hundreds of volunteer hours are spent sorting through every item and organizing it all according to gender, size, and type of garment.
On the big day of the Clothing Giveaway, people begin lining up an hour or more before the doors open. We serve a free hot breakfast in the parking lot for everyone as they wait (or for those who want to shop first and eat on their way out). Volunteers are available throughout the building to help bag up items that people gather, and then we offer to help carry it all to the cars.
Why do we do it? It's simple. We're a part of this community. We want to get to know the people who live around us, and we want to serve them in a really practical way. Jesus is all about sharing love and kindness with others... and so are we. The annual Clothing Giveaway is definitely one of Hope's favorite "labors of love.