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“Free Store” a Huge Success in downtown Lee's Summit, More Donations Needed

“Free Store” a Huge Success in downtown Lee's Summit, More Donations Needed

December 10, 2010

By Mary Pechar

Left to right Brenda Lang, Pam Wining and Pastor Jim Wining.
Tribune Photo/Fred Poese

Filing the racks at the Free Store are from left to right; Brenda Lang, Pam Wining and Jim Wining.  The Free Store located at 205 S. Green, downtown Lee’s Summit, across from The Lee’s Summit City Hall opened Saturday December 4th.  In its first five days of operation the store served 509 families. 

One goal of this community outreach sponsored by Heaven’s Gate Gospel Church was to create a pleasant, well lighted shopping environment.  Rating - Goal Accomplished.  Another major goal is to provide each family with a sack of groceries.  Rating – More Help Required.  Through five days, 225 families have received a sack of food.  Thursday’s donation of 65 turkeys will be a wonderful foundation for additional bags.

“The community response has been incredible,” Pastor Wining commented.  “KU donated over 300 sanitized stuffed toys, Kohls gave us sacks, Owen Lumber helped create the environment we wanted, folks have driven down from Liberty to bring us a supply of clothes, HyVee donated hot dogs for our opening.  One family suffering from the impacts of cancer lost their home and is starting over in an apartment.  We were able to secure an electric stove for them. We cannot thank the business community and citizens enough for the outpouring of support.”

“My personal observation,” he continued, “is that roughly 20% of our area population is either under-employed, unemployed or homeless.  If you aren’t using it, pass it on.  We all must work together in these tough times.  Our next goal is to help people find jobs.”

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until the end of February.
They accept cash & credit card donations and donations of gently used clothes and toys to be given away, NOT SOLD. 

Pam Wining added, “We have a huge demand for men’s and kid’s coats.  We have run out of both and also scarves, hats and gloves. Please check your closets.”

For more information, contact Jim Wining at 816-217-3307 or 3mule@msn.com or  Brenda Lang at 816- 398-1826 or MsBrendaLang@msn.com.

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