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Central offering warm meals, clothing
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Central Church of Christ’s annual Food and Raiment Day, where free clothing is available to those in need, is Saturday, Oct. 6.

Central Church of Christ is gearing up to serve hundreds of area residents Saturday, Oct. 6, as the annual Food and Raiment Day offers a warm meal and winter clothing.

“Last year we saw about 125 families come through, so with their children that figures out to 300 or more people,” said Larry Smith, one of Central’s elders. “Even though the official unemployment rate is low, there are still many people facing personal economic distress either from physical disability, family obligations in caring for children or the elderly, or for other reasons. Whatever the situation, the church needs to be there to serve and to help lift the burdens of people facing material hardship.”

The giveaway of clean, recycled clothing will be in Central’s benevolence center  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the same hours scheduled for the free lunch featuring hot soup, sandwiches and desserts. Access to the clothing, shoes and boots will be from the back of Central’s annex building, located in the church parking lot off North Spring Street. The lunch will be served in the fellowship hall of the main building. 

Church volunteers are asking for donations of winter coats, especially for girls size 18 and under, to re-stock the racks in preparation for Food and Raiment Day.

“Year after year, we have a heavy demand for coats and rainwear, with the greatest need being for girls in the elementary through high school ages,” said Barbara Garretson, one of the project organizers. “Those coats that have been hanging unused in closets can find a new life and a loving owner when shared with people who really and truly need them.”

Donations of coats and other apparel items are accepted.