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Helping Others: Church to host giveaway

Disaster/Need Giveaway organizers Carolyn Reed and Margie Franks straighten some of the clothing that will be part of a giveaway for a disaster relief/need effort this Saturday.

Staff photo by L.A. Story

By L.A. Story

lastory@dailycorinthian.com

Many in the Crossroads area have been affected by flooding or tornadoes in the past weeks.

While some might feel helpless in the face of so much need, one local church wanted to do something to help.

There will be a Disaster/Need Giveaway in the small fellowship building behind Northside Church of Christ, located at 3127 North Harper Road in Corinth, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

While the majority of the items being given away are clothes — men, women, children and baby clothes in a variety of sizes — there will also be some bed linens, backpacks and kitchen items, as well.

"We decided since our community has had so many people lose so much with flooding and tornadoes, and we also just simply have people in need, due to loss of jobs or many other things such as high electric bills for heating," said Bonnie Vansandt, one of the giveaway organizers. "We wanted to share whatever we could."

On Saturday, anyone who is in need, with emphasis on those who have been hit due to flooding or tornadoes, may come, get a bag and choose items they will need to help them through their time of crisis.

"Our hope is that someone will be blessed by this," said Vansandt.

The focus of the outreach is for those who are in need, the organizers request "absolutely no resellers, please."

While the organizers have worked to gather some resources, they said some local businesses have stepped up to help them including Sherwin Williams, Wroten Hardware and Gardner's and Roger's Supermarkets.

Organizers of the giveaway said people in need are welcome to come, including those who have lost everything and are awaiting insurance settlements. The items could be helpful as they wait to put their lives back together. The organizers understand that the waiting can be difficult.

"Unless someone has been through it, they don't understand the devastation and the emotional trauma someone goes through when things like this happen," said Vansandt.

While many of the items are gently used, there are also new items. The organizers said they wanted to make sure the quality was good before putting it out for the giveaway.

"We aren't putting anything out there that we wouldn't being willing to use or wear ourselves," said Vansandt. "We want to honor these people by our helping."