ANDERSON — Families struggling to pay for appliances and other household items may not have to spend anything to get what they need, all because a local church wants to serve the community.
United in Christ Church, 538 E. 31st St., is holding its annual church giveaway next weekend.
Anderson residents in need can pick up items for their households for free. The church giveaway runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7.
Youth Pastor Louis Jackson III said the annual event is an important part of the church’s outreach.
“We think it’s necessary for our community to know how much we love them, but more than anything, it’s important for them to experience the love of Christ,” he said.
Jackson said the church doesn’t want anything from the community in return, and the congregation wants people to know that.
In the past, people have received clothes, washers and dryers, small appliances and bicycles at the giveaway, Jackson said.
“Anything we can get our hands on, we give away,” the youth pastor said.
The church will also hand out free food, including grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, throughout the day.
Hundreds of people attend every year, Jackson said, and United in Christ has distributed countless household items since the church’s first giveaway three years ago.
“Every year we have a variety of things,” he said. “I couldn’t even begin to tell you how much.”
The items come from donations from members of the United in Christ Church, as well other congregations.
Besides the giveaway on June 7, United in Christ Church also organizes a back-to-school bash in August, where it distributes school supplies to children before the start of school.
Jackson said there are a lot of people in Anderson who are in need, and some see the church as a beacon of light.