• Carol A. Gerner

Free Store Coming to Penn Hills

Disclaimer:  This post is brought to you by the At Home and Free Store Penn Hills. Although I received some form of compensation and this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2

This is one of my favorite bible versus. These 15 words sum up what “Love Your Neighbor” is all about. If we would do what it says, I think the world would be a much better place to live.

As a poor girl who grew up on the Northside and who still resides there, I have seen my fair share of hardships. Everything from hungry children, homeless veterans, and dilapidated buildings. It’s a lot for a child to comprehend. I was a quiet kid who watched life happen, taking  mental notes for the future. I remember thinking, when I grow up I want to help people. That is why when fellow blogger Heather from Diary Of a First Time Mom asked for help promoting a new Free Store that she was opening up in Penn Hills, I jumped at the chance.

The Kid’s Corner at the Penn Hills Free Store.

What is a Free Store you ask?

Imagine a place with everything from clothing and books to toys and toiletries. But instead of paying for these items, you get them for FREE. Founder Heather Hopson, along with Tamara Cox, Janica Estes, Jesse Marie Haskins, Deborah McKenzie and Fawn Washington (Past & present Penn Hills residents) inspired by free stores in Braddock and Wilkinsburg, decided to open a Lincoln Park location in hopes of addressing the recent rise of suburban poverty. All amazing women who are doing God’s work.

At Home has everything you could ever want/need for the holiday season.

At Home sponsored the beautiful store design, creating a warm, welcoming space for children and families. The new At Home store in Pittsburgh, located at 3000 McIntyre Square Drive, is a more than 91,000 square-foot retail destination that allows customers to affordably turn their house into a home. With winter just around the corner, At Home has everything shoppers need to decorate for the season. At Home is open seven days a week. Monday–Saturday, it’s open from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

And of course, Free Store founders want their customers to feel “at home” in their stores.

To help achieve this, Luca Paganico Designs served as the interior design consultant on the project.

Open seven days a week. Monday-Saturday we’ll be open 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Free Store Penn Hills will hold its grand opening ceremony this Saturday, November 19th at 10 a.m. at Lincoln Park Community Center, 7300 Ridgeview Avenue, Penn Hills, PA 15235.

Following the dedication ceremony, community members will shop the store, and enjoy refreshments provided by The Cupcake Crew, Doughnut Connection and Frankstown Road Giant Eagle V. The Consumer Health Coalition and Healthy Together Mascot Enroll-o-bot will be on site to help families enroll in quality, affordable health insurance. Children’s activities include arts & crafts, a face painter and stories–books provided by Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and DVDs donated by PNC Grow Up Great.

The theme of Free Store Penn Hills is to Love Your Neighbor.

Starting November 19, 2016, Free Store Penn Hills will be open to shoppers and donors Mondays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Shoppers from across Allegheny County and elsewhere are welcome. On Saturdays, the store will host the Confident Kids Craft Club and interactive and educational workshops for families, such as financial literacy programs and breastfeeding information sessions. Interested facilitators can contact Heather Hopson at dearmomdiary@gmail.com.

Look at all those blessings.

We all have items in our homes that are just taking up space. You know those boxes in the basement that you have been meaning to drop off at the thrift store? Donations accepted include books, book bags, clothing, diapers, home décor, luggage/purses, school supplies, school uniforms, toiletries, toys and games. Due to safety concerns, Free Store Penn Hills is unable to accept cribs, car seats, furniture or other items subject to a recall. Personal items, including bedding, pajamas, toiletries and undergarments, must be in new packaging. You can also purchase something from the Amazon Wish List by clicking here.

Have a blessed day!

–  Carol

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