By Savanna Graves
STEPHENVILLE (July 29, 2021)- As schools around the county begin gathering pencils and notebooks, Cornerstone Assembly of God has started clearing space for their annual clothing exchange.
Eight years since the original event has prepared the church for the onslaught of donations that will be hitting their doorstep starting next week, donations that provide students in the area with clothes for the upcoming school year.
When we first started, we wanted to bless the families in our church and in some of the neighborhood. Then, it was such a big hit that we were like, ‘Hey, we can make this a little bit bigger and open it up to the public.’Becky Israel, administrator at Cornerstone Assembly of God
The exchange, held in the Outreach Center at the back of Cornerstone Assembly, will have tables split for boys and girls and organized by sizes, making it easy on the parents or guardians to shop for their student. Many of the clothes are brand new or gently used by previous owners.
The event has garnered attention over the years, with groups of 20 to 30 people waiting outside when the doors open promptly at 8 a.m., followed by a continuous flow of attendees until the doors are shut and donations are picked through around noon.
“We want to be able to bless families get things they might need before school starts,” Israel said. “We want the community to know that we want to be a blessing and be able to help out families.”
Cornerstone will begin taking donations on Monday, August 2 to prepare for the event on Saturday, August 7. They request donations come in a variety of sizes, from 4T to adult sizes for high school students. This event is open to the public, beyond the Stephenville area and attendees are not required to donate a bag in order to receive clothes.
For more information, call (254)-918-5433.