Pierceton church holds no-sale free garage sale

4/14/2014

The Pierceton UMC, in north east Indiana, has held a free garage sale for the past few years. This one topped anything they have ever imagined. It began with the manager of rental storage units giving the church the unclaimed contents of an 8-by-12-foot storage unit filled with clothes. Church members washed more than 120 loads of clothes. There were other items in the unit, too. Members sold some items for cash giving the money to the local food pantry. There were six bags of stuffed animals that members washed and gave to a near-by United Methodist Children’s Home. Other items were given to Goodwill. The bulk of the items (clothes) were laid out in the fellowship hall to be given away. Members prayed for workers and people in need. They sent flyers to all the local agencies serving people in need. They advertised in the local newspaper and sent invitations by the new direct mail from the post office. The church’s 20 long dining tables were stacked more than two-and-a-half feet high mostly with clothes. In the four hours the sale was open, volunteers filled plastic bag upon plastic bag. More than three-fourths of the items were taken. Hearing about another nearby church opening a clothes closet with free items for families in need, they took what was left. God provided in every way for the need beginning with the manager’s gift of the storage unit items. The Spirit was felt moving among us at the sale. God is good, all the time.


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