Clothing Giveaways are back!
We are so excited to bring back our clothing giveaways! We have to make some changes due to COVID-19 to make sure our volunteers and our clients are safe and healthy! Our giveaways will no longer be a one day event but there will be many days to come get clothes. You will now have to sign up for a time slot (See links below). You MUST be a Stark county resident and you must bring your ID with you. We will allow 8 people in each hour from 9-2 on each day. Only 1 person per family will be admitted (No children). You are required to bring AND wear gloves and a mask. You must also bring your own bag (2 -33 gallon bags or 4 - 13 gallon bags).
WE WILL BE HAVING OUR FOOD GIVEAWAY
Our upcoming giveaway will be handled in a way that will keep everyone safe! But as with all our giveaways, you WILL need a number. You can get a number on Thursday from 8-6 and Friday from 8-12. If you cannot make it to get a number before Saturday, you can come at Noon on Saturday. This is new for us, so please show us patience and grace as we are trying to serve as many people as we can. On Saturday, our plan is to run the giveaway as a “drive-through” to the best of our ability. You will not have to get out of your vehicles. You will need your ID, however.
Volunteers - We are preparing for our food giveaway. We have 2200 bags of food ready to go. We’ve had 97 food calls in the last week so we are ready for a tremendous need on Saturday. We will need volunteers...but if you are 65 or over or have any health issues please feel free to stay home. I have a call in for the National Guard to come help but haven’t heard back from them. Our clients will stay in their cars and we will have no physical contact with them. We will not touch their ID’s and they will not touch our computers. We will register them verbally unless the state of Ohio waives the entire registration process. We will provide gloves, wipes and Purell. Due to the shortage of masks you will need to provide your own. Area drugstores are limiting purchases to two masks. With so many people out of work due to this crisis we as God’s people need to rise to the occasion and provide hope in uncertain times. We will abide by all recommendations of the Ohio Department of Health and the Akron Canton Foodbank. Please pray for dry weather and a safe day for all! - Rod
How we began...
Several years ago, our Tabitha Club (Girls-Grades 1-5) started a ministry that has grown by leaps and bounds! It all began with a simple donation of school supplies to students at Gibbs Elementary School in Canton, Ohio. Today it has grown into a ministry that serves 15 inner-city Canton schools & schools in Plain Local and Alliance City. We have a team of dedicated volunteers who pick up, sort and deliver snacks every two weeks to the schools. Volunteers also help out weekly by picking up, sorting, and boxing gently used clothing for delivery. We have a team of volunteers who pick up thousands of pounds of groceries each month. The groceries are sorted and later bagged to be given away to families that are in need from the surrounding area. All of our services are always free to the public.
Twice a month we host large “giveaways” at our North Canton building. One is a food “giveaway”. On a designated Saturday, 50+ volunteers fill our gymnasium with groceries, snacks and other items. The second is a clothing “giveaway” that is hosted on a different Saturday from the food “giveaway”. Our gymnasium and fellowship halls are filled with clothing, shoes, various children’s items (strollers, highchairs, etc.) and other miscellaneous items. These giveaways are possible, in large part because of our partnerships with Plato's Closet, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, and also generous donations from our neighbors and members of our congregation.
We have a great working relationship with Canton City, North Canton City, Plain Local and other area schools! With their help, we are able to assist many families in need. Over 200 new coats are also given away each year as need arises.
We welcome local groups and individuals to volunteer and participate at our monthly giveaways. Please contact the church office for further information.
Please review the Registration and Parking Procedures for each giveaway.