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7/16/09

Local group offering free clothes to those in need

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - What started as plans for a small garage sale has turned into a free clothes and cookout giveaway. Family Promise of Lubbock says it's an event that could not take place without the generosity of the Hub City.

"Well, it's a dream catcher," says Amanda Davenport who has combed through donations at the Hope House hoping her work will make someone's dream come true.

"I've been out here for almost eight hours, and I was here yesterday and the day before," says Davenport adding that it means a lot for folks to put on clean clothing, and she knows just how much it means. The 66-year-old found herself living a nightmare 20 years ago - she was homeless. "I understand, I understand what it means to be in that situation because I was there," says a teary eyed Davenport.

Alan Read with Family Promise says this garage sale is all about giving. "If anyone says they need anything we'll give it to them as far as food or clothing goes," adds Read. Each family member will receive one bag of clothing per member.

The donations kept coming. Everything from clothes for all shapes, sizes and ages to toys and games even computers and furniture. The proceeds from the sale of household items go back to the community through Family Promise.

Davenport knows her work is for those in need and for those who helped her when she needed it the most. "I felt at the end of the world and it is, to be homeless and to experience that, it was an experience I will never forget," says Davenport.

The garage sale and cookout kick off Friday at the Hope House at 15th and Avenue M from noon to 6 p.m. and again Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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