Lebanon’s local FreeCycle group will hold a community event Saturday where people can donate or receive old or unwanted items, all for free.
Those wishing to participate can donate items through Thursday. Those in need can then come to the event, which will be Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Market Street Church of Christ at 502 East Market Street in Lebanon.
Julie Gray, administrator and go-to person for Lebanon’s FreeCycle group, began Lebanon’s FreeCycle on Yahoo groups in April 2004 and has since expanded to Facebook.
“More and more members asked me to put it on Facebook and there has just been a really been great response,” Gray said.
Christy Russell, a FreeCycle volunteer, said that the switch to Facebook has increased the members and activity within the group.
“If someone is in search of something they will write ‘ISO’ on the Facebook wall and then anyone can respond to them if they have what they’re looking for,” Russell said. “Anyone can donate and anyone can receive...It’s like a big yard sale, but everything here is free.”
Russell said she and other volunteers would be at Market Street Church of Christ on Friday at 5 p.m. taking donations and organizing everything for Saturday morning.
“The schedule on Saturday is for those with special needs to be allowed exclusively from 9-10 a.m. Then from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. everyone is welcome,” Russell said.
According to Gray, organizers may limit the number of items people can take, depending on the number of donations available.
Donations will be given on a first-come-first-served basis, according to Gray.
Everything will be set up outside of the church and will be rescheduled in the event of rain.
“We have everything," said Fournier. “We have furniture, but we would prefer if the big furniture is done online so it isn’t left with no way to move it.”
This is the first big FreeCycle event done in Lebanon, but FreeCycle is going on constantly.
“People are on the group every day. This isn’t just a one day thing, people are encouraged to use the FreeCycle group daily and they should know that this is an all-of-the-time thing,” Fournier said.
Gray said she started the Lebanon FreeCycle group because she thought it was a great way to help other people.
“I heard about another FreeCycle group that was in Arizona so I started one in here because I thought it was a great way to help people and also to keep things out of the landfill.”
“Julie came up with this to help the whole community, so everyone could have fun and so everyone could get something that they need,” Russell said.
To donate or for more information, call Julie Gray at 615-444-6411 or 615-979-0657, or visit freecycle.org. The Facebook group name is Lebanon FreeCycle, for those looking to donate or for those who are in need.