Waynesboro couple wants to share Big Love at community outreach event

August 01, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Shon Duty of Waynesboro, Pa., coordinator of Project Big Love, boxes sneakers and backpacks for Saturday's free community outreach at the Mont Alto (Pa.) Carnival Grounds.
By Roxann Miller / Reporter

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Shon Duty knows what it feels like to go back to school wearing last year’s tattered sneakers held together with a prayer and some Shoe Goo.

“I grew up a kid in California in a poor family,” Duty said on Wednesday.

“I can remember going back to school with shoes that were from last year that either didn’t quite fit or had holes in them,” he said.

But times have changed for Duty as he and his wife, Tammy, are Waynesboro business owners who want to make a difference.

The two own Kaimon Group, Kaimon Financial Services, Kaimon Properties and Kaimon Metals — all operated out of a brick building at 206 Madison Ave.

“God has been extremely good to us in our companies, and we wanted to focus our giving a little more,” Shon Duty said.


So, he and his wife embarked on their latest endeavor, Kaimon’s Call, the nonprofit arm of the family enterprise.

The first outreach for Kaimon’s Call is Project Big Love, which will focus on helping Franklin County families going back to school.

Duty was involved with Hagerstown’s Convoy of Hope and wanted to do something similar in Franklin County.

“I saw the impact that it could have on the community to see churches getting outside of their four walls and working together and being the church,” he said.

There are a lot of people in need in Franklin and Washington counties, he said.

“We are bringing them to a place that is nonconfrontational and nonthreatening and letting the church just love on them, care for them and show them there is hope, love and that people do care,” Duty said.

Along with the help of about 30 area churches and more than 500 volunteers, Duty has been able to see his dream become a reality.

Project Big Love begins when gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Mont Alto Carnival Grounds off Pa. 997.

People may begin lining up at 7:30 a.m.

The event is free and open to Franklin County residents, but no identification is required for entry, Duty said.

A pair of new, brand-name sneakers and a backpack filled with school supplies will be given to the first 1,500 children who need them, Duty said.

Duty said he is anticipating 5,000 people Saturday.

A lot of people need help, but might not qualify for help based on government requirements, Duty said. 

“But they still need help,” he said.

“We will literally have people coming to this event who will be needing some help that could be living in the nicest neighborhood, but they’re financially strapped,” Shon Duty said.

Also, every adult will receive at least two bags of groceries. 

In addition, there are free haircuts, manicures, shoulder-neck massages, free lunch served all day, free entertainment and more.

“I think it’s important to show the practical love of Christ. I think that people are ready to see a church that is ready to put their words into action,” said Tammy Duty.

“For far too long we have stood on our soap boxes and preached a message of love yet we failed to demonstrate that message. We are living in a word of hurting people, and it’s time to demonstrate the love of Christ in a practical way,” she said.

If You Go:

What: Project Big Love

When: Saturday at 9 a.m. 

Where: Mont Alto (Pa.) Carnival Grounds, Pa. 997

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