The second annual Lend A Hand Charity BBQ will be held 2-7 p.m. Sunday at Engler Park in Farmington.

This event provides clothing supplies and services to homeless and low-income individuals and families throughout the area.

The charity event consists of providing those in need with clothing, shoes, hygiene items, food, and even haircuts.

“Those attending the event don't have to bring any proof of income or anything ... it's basically the honor system,” said event organizer Randi Welch.

“We collect clothes from friends and friends of friends throughout the year. We collect any season, size, and gender clothing." she said.

They then set the clothes out sort of like a yard sale on the tables.

“What happens is people come to the event and they can get as much clothing and shoes as they want," she said. "We also make up a barbecue plate which consists of a hot dog, hamburger, bag of chips, snack cake, and a bottle of water or soda."

If people who attend want their hair cut, they have licensed cosmetologists there who will cut hair free of charge. They also put together small hygiene bags that contain things like razors, toothbrushes, and shampoo.

This is the second year Welch and her husband Eddie have hosted this charity event.

“For our first year, I think we did pretty well. we served about 80 people," Welch said. "We’re expecting a little bit of a bigger turnout this year.

"I think a lot of businesses, with it being the first year, were kind of hesitant in letting us hand out flyers or advertise with them. But this year, we've had a lot more people wanting to be involved in the event.”

She said several people who work with low-income families have been giving out flyers to their clients so they anticipate more people coming out to take advantage of the opportunities offered.

The idea for the event came from Welch’s husband Eddie.

“He comes up with the ideas of ways to help the community and I kind of take the ideas and organize them ... and make them happen," she said. "It's something he likes to do. We do a few different things ... volunteering our time in different ways throughout the year. This event is just really the biggest thing that we do.”

For more information or to help out with this event visit https://www.facebook.com/events/278634846151441/

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Bobby Radford is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3628, or at bradford@dailyjournalonline.com.


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