Local church hosts giveaway for those in need of food and clothes

Jul 30, 2022, 5:38 PM | Updated: Aug 1, 2022, 10:03 am

LAYTON, Utah — No matter how she felt when she woke up Saturday morning, Crystal Stengel-Moore knew after Saturday, she would feel even better.

“How are you guys today? Awesome!” she said to one person. “Any plans for the weekend?” she asks another.

It’s hard to feel down when you know you’re lifting so many others up.

“By the time I leave here, I have so much energy, so much love,” Stengel-Moore said. “I constantly get the chills throughout this whole event. It’s just pure joy.”

Stengel-Moore goes to the Christian Life Center in Layton, and Saturday was the latest giveaway.

Anybody who needed food or clothes could come to the church and get them for free. The line of cars was almost to the road, more than 20 cars long at times, showing the need for the service.

“It’s so sad,” said Stengel-Moore “I have never had to go without food, so I couldn’t even imagine that. I would never want anyone to go without food. Ever.”

All of the food and clothes were donated to the church.

It also didn’t matter if you were a member of the Christian Life Center, as volunteers won’t ask about your faith.

“It doesn’t matter at all,” Pastor Rob George said. “You don’t have to have any connection to us. You don’t even have to be a religious person or a believer or anything. Doesn’t matter. No qualifiers. Just come and get.”

There is no doubt their efforts have made a difference.

“It helps a ton. I mean, I’m a single mom of two, so it gets crazy with school starting, and it’s awesome,” said one mother after getting bags of food.

“It’s amazing how they help the community. It’s a great gift. We couldn’t make it without them, especially raising kids,” said one man as he started to pull away from the donation area.

When volunteers hear things like that, early Saturday mornings aren’t really that tough.

“It seems like everything is more positive the rest of the day and you see through a different lens,” Stengel-Moore expressed. “They’re giving to me. It’s not the other way around.”

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Local church hosts giveaway for those in need of food and clothes