Free Store Brings Hope to Shoppers in South East Kansas - KOAM TV 7

Free Store Brings Hope to Shoppers in South East Kansas


A mother of seven, with three disabled children, shops for sheets and says she isn't worried about the price. In a garage beside the Galesburg Christian Church, the front door sign reads "Free Store". Inside items like clothing, toys, sheets and jewelry are offered.

Church youth leader Rhonda Kane says she believes the store symbolizes her beliefs.

"We're really only doing what were asked to do we're asked to love god first our neighbor second and serve the world" says Kane.

As the youth group held garage sale fundraiser's, Kane says she wondered why the youth group didn't give stuff away for free.

"It's one of those visions god puts on your heart of course you have a little bit of doubt and whether its going to work or not going to work and I have a feeling he has even bigger plans than this" says Kane.

The Free store also offers furniture which is located at a warehouse in Erie, items all donated by a church member.

Rhonda's husband Dean  helps delivers furniture directly to homes. He says it's a humbling experience.

At the garage -Kane drops the change she has into a glass bowl and says everything helps and although the garage is small, the message is big.

A biblical reminder on the wall says "suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them go in peace; keep warm and well fed but does nothing about their physical needs what good is it."

Living the store's mission statement the church has helped more than 100 people.

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