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Lydia Vargas, left, picks out a coat with help from volunteer Camellia Patrick during a community meal and clothing giveaway at the Fairfield Church of Christ, Saturday. Members of the community were invited to pick out clothes and enjoy a free lunch. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


Church warms hearts at Saturday’s community meal

By From page A4 | January 19, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Lasgana was on the menu Saturday at Fairfield Church of Christ, which opened its doors to anyone who simply wanted a meal.

On the third Saturday of every month, the church at 2200 Fairfield Ave. hosts a community meal and clothing giveaway. It started the outreach about five years ago, and the word has spread.

“It was really busy today . . . we had a lot of people,” said church member Diana Perry.

Volunteers were serving plates of lasagna and vegetables with a side of garlic bread to visitors who gathered in the church’s auditorium during the 11 a.m. lunch hour.

“Anybody that’s in town, that’s hungry, come on in, it’s a meal,” said the Rev. Dwight Perry.

Visitors also had the chance to collect some clothes that parishioners had collected and sorted in another room. There were racks and tables full of children’s clothing as well as jackets, sweat shirts, shoes and purses for adults.

“We have been very blessed with donations,” Diana Perry said.

Fairfield resident Alisha Brown was visiting the church’s community meal and giveaway for the second time.

“It’s helped me a lot,” she said. “Put clothes on my back, food in my stomach . . . they treated me with good hospitality.”

Charity Butler, 14, of Fairfield has been helping the church host its community meal for about five years.

“I come down here and help serve . . . I put out clothes, wrap the silverware and greet them in,” she said.

She said the work is fun and tiring.

“I do it for the comunity because some people are less fortunate than I,” she said.

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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