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United Methodist Free Store – 11/20 from 10 am to 3 pm


On November 20 from 10am to 3pm, United Methodists will gather at Memorial UMC (6100 Berkman Drive, Austin) to practice radical hospitality, extravagant generosity and risk-taking mission and service as we provide the opportunity for parents to shop for a winter outfit for 760 Harris Elementary students. Directly across the street from Memorial UMC, the majority of Harris Elementary students live at or below the poverty level.

How Can I Help?

Organize:  a children’s winter clothing drive at your church, preschool, neighborhood elementary school or local store, gather clothing from neighbors, friends, family members

Donate: New, or gently used, clean children’s fall/winter clothes, hangers (NO STAINED OR UNWASHED CLOTHES, UNDERWEAR, SHOES, SOCKS)

Give: $$ will fund overhead (rack rental, storage pod, publicity to school, hospitality)

Volunteer:  sort clothing at Memorial UMC, transport your church’s sorted clothing items to Memorial by November 14th, help set up Nov. 17-19

Volunteer:  Nov 20 – greet, give directions, answer questions, hospitality, assist families, restock clothing, clean up.  We have significant need for those who speak Spanish on Nov 20.

Please let the District Office know when you and/or your group intends to volunteer. 512 444 1983

Volunteer Update:

ALL CLOTHES NEED TO BE DELIVERED this weekend Saturday 9-12 or 1-4, Sunday 2-5.  Still need sorters for Sunday afternoon.  Starting Monday, volunteers are needed morning, afternoon and evening to get things from the sorting room into the Free Store room.  Saturday the 20th, we still need more volunteers.  WE NEED TO KNOW WHEN PEOPLE ARE COMING. Call the district office at 512/444-1983 or email if you/your group can help.

Volunteer information for Saturday the 20th

Arrive in time for 8.30 orientation/blessing in sanctuary

  • Wear red shirt (if you have one) and church nametag
  • Parking:   park on south side of church towards front of church lot; If coming later, park on street or in Harris Elementary parking lot.
  • There will be a secure room for valuables though car trunks preferable
  • Light breakfast and lunch foods will be provided for volunteers; if you have special dietary needs, please bring your own food.

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