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'Donation swap' seeks to foster Christmas spirit

Posted: December 5, 2012 - 1:10am

Getting into the Christmas spirit by donating items to those in need is the purpose of the third annual Donation Swap Day, a free “shopping” event.

Sponsored by the local churches of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the swap day will be Saturday, Dec. 8. Donations for are being accepted beginning Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 835 North Belair Road in Evans from 5-8 p.m., said Melissa Loose, the publicity woman.

Donations will also be accepted on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon.

“Clean, useful items including, but not limited to, clothing, shoes, beds/bedding, appliances, electronics, sporting goods and toys will be accepted at the Evans Latter-Day Saints church building starting Thursday,” said Loose.

The event is open to the public noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

“Community members will have the opportunity Saturday afternoon to browse through hundreds of donated items available to give for gifts this holiday season or to take home for personal use,” said Loose.

In addition to the public shopping event on Saturday, Shepeard Community Blood Center will be on site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for people to donate blood.

More than 150 people donated items for last year’s event and more than 300 people received items and 36 units of blood were collected. David Squires, who was involved in last year’s event, said more than 130 people volunteered.

“It was so well organized and publicized that by 3 p.m. almost all of the donated items were distributed,” he said at the end of last year’s event. “It was a great success.”

Ryan Robinson, bishop of the Stevens Creek Ward, said he hopes participants get a feeling of satisfaction from being a part of this year’s event.

“What I hope participants will get from volunteering their time is a feeling of satisfaction that can only come by giving of yourself and helping others in need,” Robinson said. “I think that needs to be a key element in feeling the true spirit of Christmas as we join with the Christian world in celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

For more information about the Donation Swap Day, visit www.
donationswap.com.

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