FAIRFIELD — Clothing racks and rows of shoes formed a “mini-mall” Saturday outside the Bridge To Life Center.
Volunteers from Spirit & Truth Ministries were hosting a giveaway, but visitors felt like they were shopping.
Dave DeLuna, already sporting a new outfit, was purchasing some clothes at the register.
“I like that,” he said. “I get to pay for it.”
Shoppers at the event received an envelope containing a credit representing $200 to spend however they liked.
DeLuna, a resident at Bridge To Life Center, spent his conceptual cash on cold-weather wear, sweatshirts, shirts and toiletries.
“I needed a jacket,” he said. ” . . . I got everything I need.”
Spirit & Truth Ministries tries to do this once a month, said volunteer Deitra Ryan. The church usually feeds the homeless every third Saturday, but organizers decided to include a clothing giveaway this weekend and bring it to Bridge To Life.
The Community Impact event offered clothing donated by church members and the community as well as food from local grocers such as Safeway, Raley’s and FoodMaxx, Ryan said.
“The stores really blessed us this year,” she said.
Mission Solano’s Bridge to Life Center, 310 Beck Ave., offers shelter to the homeless as well as veterans and families in need.
DeLuna, who has been staying at the Fairfield complex for about two weeks, said he used to be a caretaker at a ranch but had to leave because he was being treated for cancer.
“I was evicted. I was in the hospital,” he said.
DeLuna appreciated Saturday’s giveaway, considering most of his clothes are still in storage.
“A day like today makes me feel a lot better,” he said. “. . . I have money to spend.”
Spirit & Truth Ministries, formerly known as New Covenant Church, is located at 1819 N. Texas St., Suite C.
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