Detroit church’s weekend giveaway helps people in need

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit’s New Providence Baptist Church is once again giving away clothing, coats, shoes and more to help people in need.

The 15th Bi-Annual “Free” Giveaway runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 18211 Plymouth Road.

New Providence hosts the event twice a year — typically just before Easter and the first Saturday in October, members said. Church leaders estimate they’ve clothed more than 25,000 people and fed more than 55,000 through the effort.

The aim is to help others and “supply a need to people who otherwise would not be able to buy for themselves or their families,” the church said in a statement.

“If you want to be blessed, you’ve got to be a giver,” said Everett Jennings Sr., pastor of New Providence.

Walmart, DEB and UR Style have donated boxes of new clothing and basic necessities; Forgotten Harvest is providing food and perishable items, the church said.

Participants can expects other offerings during the event, as well. Karmanos Cancer Institute is enrolling families in a cancer screening program; Detroit Medical Center’s “Path to Health” is signing up those who don’t have health insurance; DTE is registering for an energy-efficiency program; and Matrix Human Services is enlisting for a senior program.

Black Family Development Inc. is offering community resources, while Sterling’s Old Style BBQ is donating grilled hot dogs and hamburgers while the food lasts.

Coordinators expect 2,000 people to attend. Admission is free but on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Attendees are asked to bring a bag. Gates open at 8 a.m.

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