ERIE, Pa. — A local store is providing clothes and household items for free.
Located inside the Elmwood Avenue Presbyterian Church, Erie Free Store began serving the community with the mission to provide items for free with no questions asked.
The store only requests that you “take what you need, be kind and pay it forward.”
One year after opening, the store celebrated its one-year anniversary on Monday. The store is thriving as it serves up to 70 families a month.
People like Erie Resident Kathy Schroeder visit regularly. She searches for clothes and other items for herself and her family, which includes two kids at home.
“It helps me out a lot when you’ve got a family and you don’t have a lot of income. So, you have to do what you have to do,” said Schroeder. “So, it’s a blessing.”
Breanna Adams, organizer and founder of Erie Free Store, said, “There’s different reasons that people might need something. And it’s been really encouraging to see all of that, as well as to see all of the donations that keep coming in.”
Representatives from area organizations joined the celebration, including Milestones Children’s Consignment, State Farm Insurance Agent Brandon Fresch and Erie County Department of Health. LIFE-NWPA also served guests chili and soup.
Erie Free Store is located in Elmwood Avenue Presbyterian Church at 2816 Elmwood Ave. It is open one day a week, every Monday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The store is currently in need of new to gently used winter clothing, such as boots, gloves, coats and sweaters. It is also accepting other winter items like blankets.
For more information, visit the Erie Free Store’s Facebook page at facebook.com/eriefreestore/.