HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - The holiday season is over. However, for one Glen Allen church, the season of giving certainly is not.
On Sunday, the small congregation will give away hundreds of pieces of clothing and other items to anyone who needs them. The room is empty now, but the plan for Sunday's giveaway is in place at the Comfort Suites in Glen Allen, which is where Forever Grace Ministries meets each Sunday.
"Our mission is to change the community with the love of Christ," said Lead Pastor Joshua Preston.
For several months now, Pastor Preston and his small congregation of about 10 people have been showing that love by giving away hundreds of items to hundreds of people in need, with no strings attached. "It's love. Love doesn't have any strings. It's just doing what's right and who cares about your background? It doesn't matter. It's about coming in and getting what you need," said Preston.
Pastor Preston knows a thing or two about being in need.
Two years ago, he and his wife were expecting their first child, when a complete stranger helped them tremendously by donating her granddaughter's old newborn clothes.
Now, Pastor Preston simply wants to continue to pay it forward. On Sunday, he and his congregation will do just that by giving away children's clothing and toys. "We have men and women's clothes in various sizes. We also have shoes, all kinds of shoes from kids to adults, to jackets and coats, and we have actually started receiving some small household items, too," said Preston. "We want to continue to just love because I think that's one thing we lack in a lot of our communities is love."
Again, no strings attached means no paperwork is involved.
If you need a little help, you are invited to the free giveaway on Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 at the Comfort Suites, which is located at 4051 Innslake Drive in Glen Allen.
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