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Church gives away clothing

August 21, 2011|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Cayden Haines, left, and his brother, Cash, lift heavy bags filled with clothes at a giveaway Sunday at the Hagerstown Church of Christ on Leitersburg Road.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Stacks of clothing sat on tables that extended down a long hallway.

There was clothing in several other areas of the Hagerstown Church of Christ, including near an entranceway where apparel was folded in stacked containers whose drawers people could open to reach them.

The clothing was free to anyone who wanted to stop by the church between 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tanya Burnham, a member of the church’s congregation who attended the giveaway Sunday, said some people with children stopped by after the giveaway started. But Burnham said she thought many more people would have taken advantage of the free items.

“We have a lot of wonderful stuff here,” said Burnham, describing the jeans, coats, shoes and sweat shirts at the church.

The clothes were donated by members of the church at 19644 Leitersburg Pike when a member of the congregation, who works in social services, came in contact with families who needed clothes, Burnham said.

Some of the clothes were given away to those families, but the church decided to open up the giveaway to the general public on Sunday.

Burnham said the church tried to get the word out about the event, including announcing it in a free classified advertisement in a newspaper.

Because the church does not have the space to run an ongoing clothing giveaway program, church officials plan to donate the remaining clothing to organizations like Goodwill and Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused, or CASA, of Hagerstown, a shelter that protects victims of domestic abuse, Burnham said.

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