Hundreds flock to church sale for free goods

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - Hundreds of people swarmed the Richmond Community Church in Hanover Saturday to browse through the goods at a free yardsale.

Lots of high-dollar items were up for grabs - from furniture to appliances to baby supplies.

All shoppers had to do to walk away with these items was, simply that - walk away. Every item at the yard sale was free.

"We came up with the idea to do a free sale, which is like a yard sale, but everything is free," said Kevin Carter, Associate Pastor of Richmond Community Church. "Everything is donated by all the folks here at the church and other people they were in contact with."

Church officials say part of their mission is to spread compassion and they know these items can help change the lives of the people who get them.

Tykara Evans, who attended the yard sale, says she was looking for baby clothes for her unborn child and for her daughter. She said the clothes she got for free will allow her to make ends meet easier.

"It's very, very good," Evans said, "Because diapers are expensive."

Shopper Lawanda Glover says she was overwhelmed with happiness Saturday. She too is struggling and said the free goods will help.

"This is a real blessing," Glover said. "I found a lot of stuff for my kids - especially like spring clothes. It's good especially for mothers that don't have a lot like me, so I found a lot of clothes and toys for my kids."

Church members worked hard to set up this event Friday night in the rain. They say it was worth it and that they plant to hold another free event in the future.

A moving truck was on site available to deliver any items people couldn't get home on their own.

Goodwill was also there to take away anything left at the end of the day.

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