Free stores have been popping up in cities around the county — Baltimore, Lancaster and Harrisburg — and York has joined the movement.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month, a Free Store sets up shop at the Friend’s Meeting House, 135 W. Philadelphia St. York.
What is a Free Store? According to a proposal by the group, the Free Store began as a community outreach project for Occupy York. “Our goal is to help our brothers and sisters in need get those items they need while protecting the environment by keeping items out of landfills,” the proposal said.
Donations are collected ahead of time and throughout the day, while people come to the store seeking items they need. At the end of the store hours, any items left over go to a local charity, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, which finds people in need and distributes the leftover items.
“Everything is entirely free and no money is asked for, though we do setup a donation box for those who feel inclined, with any money donated would go directly to the Friends Meeting House,” the proposal states.
This free store has been hosted since March and will continue for the foreseeable future.
For more information, visit the group’s new Facebook page here.
What do you think of this initiative in York? What do you do with items when you no longer need them?