Community "Free-4-All" Event Gives Away Donated Items

Community "Free-4-All" Event Gives Away Donated Items

It was a free-for-all at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - It was a free-for-all at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hagerstown on Saturday morning.

For the fourth year in a row, two local churches worked together to give people an opportunity to shop for free, donated items.

"This year, we've noticed many people coming to the event are also bringing things that they wish to give away,” said St. John’s Program Associate Kim Tantillo. “That's why we're calling it the “free-4-all,” because everything is free for the taking."

This year's event brought in more donations than previous years, forcing the church to use their basement as well as their courtyard.

"I think it's been wildly successful,” says Jerry Harness of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hagerstown. “It's been amazing. We started here just before eight o'clock and there were a lot of people here and actually most of the stuff is gone."

It is stuff Tantillo says can be given new life when donated to someone in need.

“This morning this woman came in and literally wept when she knew that we were just letting her have the sofa and love seat,” says Tantillo. “Plus, I’m very pleased to say that members of St. John's loaded it in their truck, followed her to her home, and delivered it for her. So I am, as someone who is on staff here at St. Johns, I am just beside myself with joy today.”

Members of both churches say the purpose of the event is to spread the spirit of generosity. They hope donations will continue to increase in number for next year’s “free-for-all” event.

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