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Hope's Closet To Offer Items June 20, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be a bag sale on all women's and men's summer clothing items and summer clothes for infants, toddlers, and children. Special savings will also be available on women's and men's shoes. Household items will include kitchen items, curtains, bedding, gifts, and more.

Many free clothing items, as well as free food, will be available. Shoppers who spend a set amount or more on merchandise will receive a free gift.

For more information, readers may call the church at 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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Grand Opening Held For Compassion Center June 14, 2017

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items June 7, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be a selection of men's and women's summer clothing, men's and women's shoes, and spring and summer clothes for infants, toddlers, and children. Household items will include kitchen items, curtains, bedding, gifts, and more.

Many free clothing items, as well as free food, will be available. Shoppers who spend a set amount or more on merchandise will receive a free gift.

For more information, readers may call the church at 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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Fresh Fruit Fridays Scheduled June 1, 2017

Madison Avenue Church of the Brethren, located in the Avenues Neighborhood at 645 Madison Ave., York, will continue its Fresh Fruit Fridays for the third year as a way of fulfilling its mission of honoring God by growing in faith, service, and love.

On the second Friday of each month during the growing season, church members will distribute free local fruit on the church lawn from 9 to 11 a.m. Fruit to be given away will include strawberries on June 9, blueberries on July 14, peaches on Aug. 11, and apples on Sept. 8.

For more information, readers may contact the church office at 717-854-1885 or macob1936@gmail.com.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items May 23, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be a selection of summer clothing, men's and women's shoes, and spring and summer clothes for infants, toddlers, and children. Household items will include kitchen gadgets, curtains, bedding, gifts, and more.

Many free clothing items, as well as free food, will be available. Shoppers who spend a set amount or more on merchandise will receive a free gift.

For more information, readers may call the church at 793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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Little Free Pantry Opens May 12, 2017

On March 27, Salem Lutheran Church of Kissel Hill, located at 26 Owl Hill Road, Lititz, opened a Little Free Pantry, and church members believe it is the first of its kind in the county.

"Right now there are nonperishable items and a loaf of bread someone put in earlier today," said Alison Bowlan, Salem Lutheran pastor, opening the door to the white wooden pantry, a cupboard with a glass door and a shingled roof that is on a stand in front of the church. While Bowlan was peering into the pantry, a church member appeared with a bag of groceries, and Bowlan added paper towels, toilet paper, baby wipes, tissues, tuna, canned pasta, laundry detergent, and toothpaste to the shelf alongside the boxes of pasta, six jars of baby food, and jar of spaghetti sauce that were already in the pantry. "I think someone went shopping today," she quipped.

According to Bowlan, the first Little Free Pantry in the United States was built by a church in Arkansas. "The concept has been moving across the country," she said. "The idea is that churches can help community members in need by putting household items and (food) inside the little free pantry."

The pantry is easily accessed by cars, which can pull up in front of it from Owl Hill Road. "It's open 24 hours a day," said Bowlan. "There is no time limit, and you needn't be associated with the church to pick up or drop off items." Bowlan added that the Little Free Pantry motto is "give what you can and take what you need."

In January, the Salem Lutheran church council passed the measure to allow the Little Free Pantry to become a ministry of the outreach committee. Bowlan contacted Bob Ierien, pastor of a Lebanon County church that had recently installed a pantry. "I asked for measurements so I could have someone build it," said Bowlan, but to her surprise Ierien offered to build the pantry. "He said he would be building two other ones, and he would build us one," she said. Members of Salem Lutheran added shingles and weather stripping to keep the pantry air-tight, and an area is screened to allow the box to breathe without letting critters in.

Bowlan said that the church had been looking for some time for a project like this one. "We have talked for the past year about different ways we could reach out to the community and be a good, healthy resource," said Bowlan. "This is one of the ways we believe we can do it."

In addition to convenient hours and accessibility, the Little Free Pantry is attractive because no registration is required to use it. "There are no restrictions, (and) no intake, and we don't keep records," noted Bowlan. "We don't know who is in or out of here."

Bowlan added that church members are not concerned about abuse of the outreach. "Our job is to do what Jesus would have us do, which is to give," she said. "What people do with (the things we give them) is totally up to them."

Coordinators of the Little Free Pantry are just glad to see the cars pulling up to the station, knowing that they may have helped someone put dinner on the table that night or filled another need. "It's an easy outreach and an easy way to help people who need help," said Bowlan. "Sometimes there is more month than there is money."

Readers who want to know more about Salem Lutheran Church may visit www.salemkh.org. Individuals who have questions about the pantry may call 627-0048.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items May 10, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be a selection of clothing, including women's blouses and shirts, slacks, shorts and capris, shoes, sandals, and flip-flops. To celebrate Mother's Day, guests may enter a drawing for a mother's gift basket.

Hope's Closet will also have clothes for infants, toddlers, and children. Free clothing items and free bread will be available.

For more information, readers may call the church at 793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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Church Plans Clothing Giveaway April 28, 2017

Grace Baptist Church, 1899 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, will host a clothing giveaway on Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12, from 3 to 8 p.m. Clothing for infants through adults will be available, and all items will be free.

Attendees are asked to park in the lot off Farmingdale Road. For more information, call the church office at 394-6991.

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Community Closet Event Posted April 26, 2017

Covenant United Methodist Church, 110 N. Mulberry St., Lancaster, will hold a Community Closet event on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Covenant Community Closet collects donations of gently used clothing and provides them to people in need at no charge. There are no income limitations.

The Community Closet offers clothing for men, women, children and infants of Lancaster city and surrounding communities. Shoes and accessories are also available.

Since all articles of clothing are free, quantities may be limited. Also, all clothing is provided according to personal needs and is not for resale.

The Community Closet is held in the Gathering area of the Church, and off-street parking is available on the West Orange Street side entrance. For more information, readers may contact Kristen Stemmer, project coordinator, at 393-1561.

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Church Posts Upcoming Events April 19, 2017

St. James Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, will open its Community Clothes Closet to the public on the first Saturday of every month from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Free clothing, shoes, and coats will be available for infants through adult size XXL. All items are clean, and some are new. Visitors are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast in the social hall, as well.

Donations of men's and children's clothing in all sizes are needed, especially boys' clothing in sizes 6 to 20. For more details, readers may contact 927-9497 or stjamesbrogue@outlook.com or visit www.stjamesbrogue.org.

Also, the Monday Morning Quilt Group will meet on the first Monday of every month at the church at 10 a.m. Quilters of all skills levels are invited. No sewing is done at the meetings. Meetings consist of a show-and-tell session and a problem-solving discussion focused on members' works in progress. For further information, readers may call the church office at 927-9497.

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