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August 26, 2010

Church to give away toys, furniture, clothes

ANDERSON, Ind. — For months, the Greater Progressive Temple of Faith Church collected products for all parts of life that the congregation will give away Saturday, according to Rev. Kevin Menifield.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for people who don’t have as much,” said parent Lacey Watson, a member of the church who is helping with the event for the first time.

Menifield said the church has held the annual Back to School Give-away for the past nine years. It includes giving away donated furniture, clothes, toys and appliances at the Geater Center.

“We went with the theme, 'Take what you have and give it away,' based on the Gaithers song,” Menifield said last week, referring to a popular gospel song.

The reverend said the church has had a giveaway for the past 20 years, but changed the event from Christmas time to the current time of year about nine years ago.

“We found a lot of organizations had it at that time (Christmas), and we weren’t trying to be in competition,” said Janie Boyd, the wife of the church’s head pastor Rev. Roosevelt Boyd. “We feel that the same families that need it then, need it now.”

The church promotes the event to the children in their congregation, Menifield said, to promote contributing to their community. He said the children don’t complain about giving up their things.

“It’s a good thing because we’re giving things to the people who don’t have it and helping out with their lives,” said 11-year-old KiArica Summers, whose family donated televisions, clothes, shoes and food to the event.

Contact Christina M. Wright, 640-4883, christina.wright@heraldbulletin.com.

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