Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, Linder Road held their annual Community Giveaway. This event was started in 2003 because two ladies, Nancy and her mother Etta Mae, brought the idea with them when they moved to Meridian.
The event is based on the concept of sharing the abundance that overflows from God’s blessings to our Linder family with the surrounding community. Everything is given away for free! People just come by and pick up what they need. Members of the Linder congregation contribute clothing and various household items for the event. And every year, we are overwhelmed by the generous contributions for this special event.
Why do we do this community giveaway in a continuing tradition lasting the 15 years since its inception? One scripture that comes to mind is from Luke 3:10-11 “And the crowds asked him (John, the baptizer), “What then shall we do?” And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” We share because that is what pleases God and because we want to be more like Jesus, who gave freely to us first
It takes many people to donate items, set up the various items for the event, assist during the actual giveaway, and clean up after the giveaway is done. Thanks to so many volunteers, this year’s giveaway was a great success. We had a number of people from the neighborhood and the surrounding communities come by to benefit from the treasures. Little children, squealing with delight over a special toy they found, parents looking through clothes for just the right size for a loved one, a young couple gathering items for the baby soon to arrive, and grandparents picking treasures for the grandchild on their heart.
It brings us great joy to have enough and more than enough so that we are able to share with our neighbors. Most of all, we want to reach out to our community with love, so they also can learn the truth about Jesus and the Good News of his great love for us. “We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19.