Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

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February 26, 2009

Church giving away clothes

Business owner donates items to help community

Debbie Harp and her sister were shopping for a sofa when they passed the small shop. The Flea Market was a second-hand store she’d never seen before.

On an impulse they stopped in. They never found a sofa, but she did end up with a U-Haul packed with free clothing.

Harp told the owner, Richard Barsoda, that her church was looking for a way to help provide clothing to those in need in the community.

He donated it all for free.

The Carpenter’s House will hold a clothing giveaway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The church is located at 37 W. 550 North, 3 miles north of Kokomo on U.S. 31.

“This is just overwhelming,” Harp said.

The congregation at Carpenter House was praying for the opportunity to help the community, said outreach coordinator Greg McCombs.

“There’s a very big need out there,” he said.

McCombs said he knew several people who couldn’t afford to eat, let alone purchase new clothing. When the church received the donation, he was beside himself.

“It’s amazing how God just dumps things in your lap, so far above what you could expect,” McCombs said. “There are 16 8-foot tables stacked high with clothing.

“We have everything from baby’s clothes, men’s suits, women’s dresses, shirts and soccer pants. Some of it’s brand new, still has tags on it.”

There are also winter coats, socks and ties. Sizes range from children to 4X. All of it is free. No money will be accepted.

Barsoda said his shop, located at 2011 N. Market St., is more tailored to selling furniture than clothing. Sometimes he has to purchase both to get a deal. When he heard about the church’s need for clothing, he was happy to help.

“I knew that church gives clothes away every year,” Barsoda said. “It could do them more good than what it does for me.”

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