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Garden City Church Opens Doors For Free Clothing And Services

By: Rye Addis Email
By: Rye Addis Email

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Saturday, April 10, 2010
UPDATE, 1 p.m.

Hundreds stream into a Garden City church Saturday choosing from thousands of pieces of free clothing, and receiving free barber and medical services.

Saturday was a special day in Garden City as the entire community chips in to help out during tough economic times. It was the 5th Annual Day of Service at Bible Christian Church located at 1501 East Mary Street.

Several services were provided to local residents free of charge. Children 12 and under received free haircuts.

Some of the medical screens provided free of charge included hearing and eye check-ups, breast and prostate exams and dental treatments. All were provided by medical professionals from the community.

KAKE News Reporter Rye Addis was on hand volunteering at the church alongside other volunteers from the community and church. Watch KAKE News at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. for more.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Imagine going to a clothing store, a barber, and a hospital all at once. Now imagine getting all of those services free of charge. That's only a taste of what will be happening at a Garden City church on Saturday.

"We have a great committee that plans it all year, and it's a special day in our life," says Bob Bates, an associate pastor with the church.

Final preparations are being made for the the 5th annual Day of Service at Bible Christian Church.

"Each year we fill our gym with thousands of pieces of clothing," adds Bates. "They can take as many clothes as they want. They can go out with truckloads of clothes if that's what they need. We want the community to be taken care of.""

Last year, 1,200 people showed up for the event, and Bates said this year could attract even more. However, it's more than just a clothing drive.

"There's just a variety of things for everybody."

Some of those services include: breast cancer and prostate cancer screenings, fluoride treatments for children, kids hair cuts, and hearing and eye checkups. And it's all free.

"It takes about 150 volunteers. All the (medical services) are done professionally."

When you factor in the dozens of people who chip in wherever they can, it truly is a group effort.

"I think the community has supported (this event) very well," says Bates.

The Day of Service is scheduled for Saturday from 9 am - 2 pm. Everything will take place at the church's Family Life Center (across the street from the church building.) It's at the corner of Mary and Fleming in Garden City.


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