Chuckatuck church gives back

Published 10:24 pm Friday, April 8, 2016

The Perfecting Saints Church of God in Christ — and its congregation — has cleaned house.

Next weekend, their discards will be up for grabs to anyone in the community, according to Tangie General, director of outreach for Perfecting Saints COGIC. The church, at 159 Wren Road in Chuckatuck, is hosting its second annual community giveaway from 1 to 3 p.m. April 16.

Participants will find myriad items, including a couple of pieces of furniture that the church itself no longer uses — a pulpit chair and an offering table, General said.

Email newsletter signup

But most of the items are donated by church members who cleaned out as they spring-cleaned, General said.

“These are things that members no longer need or want … and they are not looking to put price tags on them,” General said. So far, the growing pile of donations includes clothing, toys, games, electronics, televisions, appliances, furniture, personal items and household goods.

All of the items will be given away for free, General said. Community members who come are asked to bring their own bags and transportation to carry any larger items away that day, she said.

The church is asking for a $5 donation at the door to cover the cost of food and snacks that will be cooked and given away during the event, General said.

The giveaway is also Perfecting Saints COGIC’s way of getting to know more people in the community, General said.

The church, which relocated from Virginia Beach to Chuckatuck four years ago, hopes to use the event to spread the word about Perfecting Saints. The church has a small congregation, with about 75 to 100 members, General said.

“Our main goal here is to support the community and as we have a chance to talk with people, to become more aware of their specific needs,” General said. “We want to know how we can best support them.”

The church will be asking residents who attend the giveaway for contact information and if they would be willing to receive a follow-up phone call or visit.

Last year, the inaugural community giveaway drew between 60 to 100 people, General said. She is hopeful the event will attract more people this year.