Community of Historic Churches Downtown Raleigh: Got Stuff? Donation Day

Neighbors…Helping Neighbors…Helping Neighbors…

· Christ Church, Episcopal· Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal· Edenton Street United Methodist Church· First Baptist Church, Salisbury Street· First Baptist Church, Wilmington Street· First Presbyterian Church· Sacred Heart Cathedral· St. Paul’s AME Church

Got Stuff?  Want to give it a good home?  Want it to go where it will do the most good?

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No problem!  The Community of Historic Churches in Downtown Raleigh is holding its first annual GOT STUFF? Joint Donation Day on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The Green Chair Project has offered its location at 1853 Capital Blvd. for the donation drop-off, and volunteers from all eight churches will be on hand to unload, process and sort donated items.  At the end of the event, each church will collect those items that meet the needs for its particular outreach ministries.  Everybody benefits: church members recycle their “stuff” and enable their neighboring churches to help their neighbors in Christ – those in need in the community and beyond.

The Community of Historic Churches in Downtown Raleigh began its collective existence in the spring of 2011 as a steering committee for the first annual Community Historic Church Walk held in October, 2011.  Not only was the event a success, but the committee also realized just how much their churches have in common through their various outreach ministries and missions.  In an effort to celebrate that commitment and to work jointly to benefit each other’s outreach missions and ministries, the eight historic churches are excited to come together this spring to offer their congregations the opportunity to re-home “stuff” they no longer need while enhancing the outreach programs of their own church as well as those supported by their neighbors.

The missions, ministries and organizations that will receive donations include: Shepherd's Table Soup Kitchen, The Healing Place for Women, Grandfather Place for Children, Wake Relief, WIHN, Interact, Christian Libraries International, Catholic Parish Outreach, The Clothing Closet, The Linen Closet, Healthy Baby Project, The Door Ministry, Migrant Farmworker Ministry, Haiti mission, and the Green Chair Project.  Each church has submitted its outreach ministries' needs, listed below:

Items being accepted on April 21*

Household:  Furniture, Household Items & Accessories, Linens:  Sheets, Pillowcases, Blankets, Towels, Pillows, Fans, Folding Chairs

Clothing:  Men's Clothes, Adult Coats XL and XXL, Women's Loungewear (large sizes)

Food & Kitchenware:  Canned Soup, Canned Food, Rice, Spaghetti Noodles, Spaghetti Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Plastic Forks and Spoons, Styrofoam Cups (10-12 oz.), Dinner-size Paper Napkins, Large Boiling Pots (2 qt.+), Large Pitchers, Oven Mitts

Babies & Children:  Disposable Diapers, Baby Wipes, School Supplies, Children's Books, Clothing

Personal:  Toiletries, Eye Glasses

Other:  Cell phones, Ink Cartridges, Christian books

*These are the items needed for the various churches' outreach ministries and missions.  Other items you wish to donate should be taken directly to the organization of your choice.

Volunteers Needed! Each church has committed to provide 5-10 volunteers to help unload, process and sort donations, direct traffic and fill out tax receipts.  Training begins at 9:30, and volunteers will be needed until at least 1:30, or as long as it takes to load up and deliver items to their churches after the event.  Volunteers are asked to bring $5 to contribute towards pizza for lunch.  Can you help? Please contact Margaret Park,, 787-5557.