Hickory – Exodus Homes and Exodus Missionary Outreach United Church of Christ will host an Everything Free Community Outreach on March 11, 2023 from 11:00am – 1:00pm at the Ridgeview Recreation Center, 115 7th Ave SW in Hickory 28602. The Everything Free Community Outreach events have been a hallmark of the Exodus ministries for the past 25 years and this one promises to be the biggest one yet.
During the event, Exodus will be giving away new adult and children’s clothes and shoes from Wal Mart, other clothing, furniture, haircuts, manicures, face painting, Bibles, birthday cakes, and a beef hot dog lunch for all. Music will be provided by DJ “Dr. Jim” from Shelby, the Exodus gospel choir will sing, and participants will hear powerful testimonies of recovery from addiction and incarceration. ALFA will be present to do free and confidential HIV testing, and the Health Department will be giving away free at home COVID tests. The Hickory Branch NAACP and the League of Women Voters will offer voter registration and voter information.. Other organizations that will be there include The Hickory Soup Kitchen, CVCC, Carolina Caring, Veterans Helping Veterans, The Cognitive Connection, Integrated Care of Greater Hickory, Infinite Beginnings, Safe Harbor, CTS Health, BCBS, Foothills Better Homes Realty, and Catawba Faith Health Initiative.
The free furniture is first come first serve so those who are looking for that should come early to be able to claim what they need. Exodus Works will be available to deliver furniture that day for $15 paid in advance. They have a very large amount of clothing and SWAG from participating organizations, so people are asked to bring their own bags for all the free items they receive during the outreach.
Photo: Exodus Homes volunteers Tasha and Jessica are seen sorting clothes for the event.