By Rene’ White (Feather)
Free. Yes. Emmaus Church of Berryville is holding its 4thAnnual Free Clothing Giveaway at the Clarke County Fairgrounds from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 8 for senior citizens and from 9:00 a.m.to noon on Saturday, June 9 for everyone.
“We’re giving away new and used clothing and shoes of all sizes for infants, children, teens, women and men,” said Debbie Mason who has volunteered to coordinate this annual giveaway since it began. “We’re still accepting donations until Friday (June 8th) and everything we receive we’re giving away free to those who need it.”
Boxes and bags of new and used items are still arriving, and appreciated by volunteers who quickly scoop it up and arrange it to be picked up by its new owners this weekend. Some containers are crammed with the latest styles of Abercrombie & Fitch, Converse, Aeropostale, Ann Taylor Factory, Coldwater Creek, American Eagle Outfitters, Dressbarn Woman, New York & Company, Nautica, Aerie and Adidas. Mason’s daughter Abby, holds a sampling of the free toys that arrived today, some never opened.
Since Monday, dozens of volunteers have been dropping off their gently used items to help make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. If someone has a sofa or chair, this is the time to give it to others who need it. Linens and furniture, in useable condition, are also being accepted. Donations are being accepted from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as well as Wednesday and Friday nights from 7:00 p.m.to 9:00 p.m.
Hanging on the fairground building walls are men’s suits, western wear, gowns, business dresses and little girl’s dresses. Lining the floor are dozens of racks and tables piled neatly on top with newborn and infant clothing, boys and girls summer shorts and shirts, jeans, hoodies and under the tables are rows of boots, sneakers, sandals and flip flops. Dotting the room are a number of backpacks, scarves, ski suits, winter coats, men’s caps, children’s toys, baby blankets, household items and books.
“Anyone is welcome to shop for whatever they need or want, absolutely free,” said Mason. “If you have a need come and invite others you know who could also benefit from this incredible opportunity. Those who choose to donate or volunteer are encouraged to also shop.”
Volunteers are needed to help sort, hang and cleanup. Hangers, boxes and shopping bags are also needed.
Tax deductible receipts are available upon request.
Limited transportation is available for seniors who require it by calling (540) 550-0773 to schedule senior transportation.
While this community event is hosted by Emmaus Church, it is a united effort made possible by the support of volunteers from other churches in the surrounding areas.
For more information call (540) 550-0773 or go to www.emmausofclarke.com