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Community Free-For-All event a success

August 13, 2011|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com
  • Tina Bumbaugh, left, and Brandy Chapman look through clothing at the second annual Community Free-For-All held at Kmart on Saturday.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

It was free in every sense of the word.

It didn't cost anything to pick something up and take it home nor to drop something off.

Saturday morning marked the second annual Community Free-For-All in the parking lot of Kmart on Massey Boulevard.

The event was busier than last year, organizers said.

The event's flier said, "Everyone Welcome! Bring anything you'd like to give away. Haul away anything you see that you'd like to have. Nothing for sale."

Phyllis Murphy of Waynesboro, Pa., was loading her Chrysler PT Cruiser with a new-looking crib, car seat, booster seat and other baby items for a grandchild that's on the way. She also had a small, decorative wooden horse.

"It's for my granddaughter," Murphy said. "She loves horses."

It was Murphy's first visit to the event.

"Next year, I'm going to bring stuff to give away," she said.

Robert Dunmoyer of Hagerstown was making make room in the trunk of his Ford sedan for some items his wife, Jennifer, and mother, Jeannie Dunmoyer, were picking out, including a TV set for his mother.

Jeannie Dunmoyer was sitting on a overstuffed chair and Ottoman for her new apartment. A friend with a van will cart it home, she said.

"This is very timely for me," she said. "It's really lifted my spirits."

The event was sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hagerstown and Little Falls Chapel of Falling Waters, W.Va.

Alice Armstrong, a Unitarian Universalist Church member, was passing out slips for the free drawings that were held every half-hour for gift cards for local businesses.

"There's more people here this year, and there's definitely more stuff," Armstrong said. "We're better organized this year, too."

"What you see here is classic yard-sale stuff — clothes, furniture. I gave away an antique set of china," she said. "The economy was bad last year and it's bad again this year. Times were tough then, and they're still tough."

The event opened at 10 a.m., but some people showed up at 9:30 a.m., said Lou Murray, event organizer and a Unitarian Universalist Church member.

The congregation wanted to do something "to promote generosity in the community," she said.

Her church members brought three pickup-truck loads of items left over from a summer yard sale. St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church members brought a van full, and Little Falls Chapel members brought 20 boxes.

What was left over following the Free-for-All will go to Goodwill, Armstrong said.

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