PALMYRA, Tenn. – Churches are pulling together to offer help during tough times, especially in Montgomery County, where unemployment has increased from 9% to 10% in the last year.
Eight churches have come together for a free clothing giveaway this weekend.
The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church's Family Life Center in Palmyra, about 15 miles south of Clarksville.
The idea for the giveaway was formed during a woman's bible study at Yellow Creek Baptist Church. As word spread, so did the scale of the event.
Baggett's Chapel Church of God, Hopewell Baptist Church, Lone Oak Baptist Church, Marion United Methodist Church, Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Soules Chapel, in addition to Yellow Creek Baptist and Bethel Baptist are participating.
"I hope to goodness at 5-o'clock tomorrow this place looks like a ghost town. I hope all these clothes are gone," said Phillip Chambers, who is one of the many organizers who have put countless hours into the project.
He said he does not know much about the statistics, "but as a minister that goes out and visits and sees things face to face, and from my wife who is a doctor that sees uninsured patients, the folks that need help, need help, and we want to be here to help them."
More than 5,000 pieces of clothing of all sizes, for men, women and children will be given away for free, no strings attached.
Bethel Baptist Church is located at 2301 Highway 13.
Also on Saturday, there will be a food giveaway further south at the Columbia Mall in Maury County.
It's sponsored by the group 1GenAway and Nashville Family Church who hope to distribute 20,000 pounds of food to 300 families.
The event begins at 8:30 a.m. for bagging and 10:30 a.m. for distribution in front of the Sears store.