Hundreds of people received new shoes, were treated to a free swimming party, watched a free movie, ate free food and enjoyed many more freebies last weekend in Leavenworth and Lansing.
That was the theme of the most recent rendition of the Engage Ministry outreach. Everything was free.
“We don’t accept donations, even if people want to give us something,” said Nathan Gunter, pastor of Lansing First Southern Baptist Church, which partnered with Calvary Baptist Church to conduct the community outreach event.
Gunter said the event is a way to connect with people in the community.
Gunter said approximately 150 volunteers from the two churches, each wearing a blue T-shirt, assisted with the weekend event, which began Friday night with a shoe giveaway. He said more than 460 pairs of shoes were given to children at Wollman Park.
Friday also featured free swimming, free food and a free movie at Wollman Aquatic Center.
Gunter said more than 600 hot dogs and brats were served. He said approximately 700 people turned out at the pool and park Friday night.
“It was a great crowd. Everyone was having a good time,” he said.
Approximately 50 vehicles were washed for free at the No Cost, No Kidding car wash Saturday.
“It was fun, and we got to have a lot of great conversations with people as we washed their cars,” Gunter said.
Calvary Baptist Church held a Bibles and Backpacks giveaway on Saturday. More than 330 backpacks stuffed with school supplies and Bibles were given to children, Gunter said.
He said more than 400 hot dogs and brats were grilled at that event.
“So we had about 1,000 hot dogs and brats cooked out this weekend,” Gunter said. “That’s a lot of meat.”
He said there also was a good turnout of people who came to the Sonic restaurant in Lansing to get a free slush.
Gunter said another Engage Ministry outreach event will take place in October.