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A Michigan church’s journey of generosity and community impact

The Brighton Church of Christ in Michigan holds a weekly clothing giveaway ministry, where volunteers organize donated items for those in need.

Led by 88-year-old Ken Simmons, the church recently sent 2,000 shoeboxes filled with toys and clothes to Nashville for distribution globally. Despite challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, the church remains committed to community outreach.

The fellowship hall, serving as the meeting place since a fire damaged the auditorium, hosts not only giveaways but also baptisms and Magi gift box efforts. The church, known for its generosity, continues to receive constant donations from the community. During the weekly event, attendees express gratitude and share prayer requests, creating a sense of community and support.

The church is committed to serving others and fostering a spirit of generosity.

The Christian Chronicle reports:

church gathers here in Brighton, Mich., every Tuesday afternoon.

Its members — wrapped in hoodies, jackets and faded Michigan Wolverines gear — huddle in a line outside the meeting place of the Brighton Church of Christ, about 45 miles west of Detroit. One woman sits in her car smoking a cigarette.

Patiently, they wait for the doors to open.

Inside the fellowship room, volunteers heave armfuls of clothing onto folding tables, organizing them as gospel music plays from the Bible class DVD player. Hymnals are stacked in the corner to make room for tables of children’s clothes. Shoes go in a side room, next to belts and ties. At the back are bins of Christmas decorations.

It’s an organized, efficient process. They do this every week.

“We don’t have much today,” Ken Simmons says as he holds a hand over a deep pile of leggings, sweatpants and jeans. “It’s usually double, double the height.”

The reason this week’s piles are “smaller,” he says, is that the church just filled 2,000 shoeboxes with toys and clothes and sent them to Nashville, Tenn., where Healing Hands International will ship them to children around the globe.

Simmons has coordinated the giveaway ministry for 14 years. At age 88, he moves quickly through the room, saying hello to each volunteer. He knows everyone’s name.

Looking at the clock, he says, “I need to let ‘em in.” The volunteers stand aside.

“You know how it is on Black Friday? It’s about to get like that here,” one volunteer says as Simmons opens the doors. The cold souls pour into the room, leafing through the piles of clothing with speed and efficiency that mirror those of the volunteers.

But it’s hardly chaotic. There’s a politeness, even a sense of reverence, among the congregants as they fill sacks with the donated clothes.

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