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One of the attendees, Mary Lopez, said she had been going to the Free Store for the last six months with her daughter. It closed for a time when the bookstore closed, but then J. D, Schmidt, 49, and two other organizers decided to restart the Free Store, with permission from its founders.
Schmidt and the two free organizers began running the event together until one moved away. Currently, Schmidt and the other remaining organizer rely on assistance from volunteers to run the event. According to Schmidt, there are five or six people who help with the event semi-regularly.
To volunteer, Schmidt recommends people attend a Free Store and speak to one of the organizers or message them on Facebook. They leave free any seasonal items but make sure to bring as much as possible in case someone could need it. They ask that any donations be brought to the Civic Media Center on the day of the event, no earlier than p.
Among some of the homeless attendees, word of mouth is the main way they hear of the event, he said. Curtis heard of the event from Trisha Russel, who had been once before.
Russel, who has been looking for a new job, gainesville home a pair of slacks. Last time she attended, she took home 12 sets of new razors. Schmidt said that they appreciate all donations but are currently in need of personal care products and socks the most, as they get taken the fastest.
They gainesville people ensure the items they are donating are clean. The Free Store has household goods such as plates, cups, and other items which can be of use for people who have recently found housing.
Daniela Vargas. Daniela is a reporter for WUFT News who can be reached by calling or ing news wuft.