Lawton church hosts Garage Free event

Lawton church hosts Garage Free event

LAWTON, Okla.__ TVs, toys, clothes and furniture are all free as a community pulls together to make sure no one goes without.

Grace Fellowship Church is holding their annual Garage Free event Saturday. It runs from 9:00a.m-1:00p.m.  Home decor, clothes, furniture, strollers, and more. Pastor Kirk Pearson says all these items are ready for those in our community that need them.

He also says this community is full of low-income people, so there is a dire need for an event like Garage Free.

Pastor Pearson went on to say, "One in five people live underneath the poverty line so my wife and I thought what could we do as a church to help our community and help our city."

That's when Pastor Pearson and his wife went to the drawing board; what they came up with was Garage Free.

Pastor Pearson goes on to say, "It is out of that conversation that came this idea. I told my wife what if we do a garage sale that didn't charge anything just literally gave everything away for free"

And that's what they've done for the past five years, but this year they did so by enlisting the help of six U-Haul trucks and 200 volunteers.

Shianne Pearson, the pastor's wife, says she polled the community to see what needed to be collected.

"Facebook is such an amazing tool and that's how we've done the majority of advertising. Asking online, 'hey, what would help you,'" said Pearson.

When Pearson was asked if she could think of anything that was missing she said, "I can't think of one thing we don't have here for kids. We even have high chairs and almost every toy you can imagine."

The leftovers from the Garage Free event, if there are any, will be donated to The Super Thrift Store on Southwest Sheridan Road.  When those items are sold there, the proceeds will go to Teen Challenge, an organization that helps teens dealing with drug addictions.