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Share Fair feeds, clothes and helps those in need

Dozens of homeless, low-income, and blue collar workers come to enjoy some free food, entertainment, services and community at the First United Methodist Church of Eugene on the last Tuesday of every month.

Posted: Dec. 25, 2018 6:06 PM
Updated: Dec. 26, 2018 10:25 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Every month the Neighborhood Anarchist Collective and Burrito Brigade put on a Share Fair, bringing in people from all walks of life who may need a little bit of help.

Serra Joy with Neighborhood Anarchist Collective said dozens of homeless, low-income, and blue collar workers come to enjoy some free food, entertainment, services and community at the First United Methodist Church of Eugene every month.

"People from the community can give back by participating in this event," Joy said. "We all have something we can share with others, and we're hoping that this event is a catalyst for people to share with each other."

That's exactly what people like Jessica Caulboy love most about the share fair: the way people give back to those in need.

"I know what it's like when I see somebody walking down the street without shoes or whatever and they just need a little bit of help," Caulboy said. "It's really nice instead of finding a bunch of things that are perfectly good that somebody's thrown in the trash can because they're able to take it for granted to see them bringing it here and sharing with people who don't have what they need."

People who attend this event on the last Tuesday of every month can get things like clothes, haircuts, massages, have things sewn up and of course, free food.

This event has also inspired many people to come out and give back, including 12-year-old Gordon Hare.

"I come because it's helpful to the public and helpful to the homeless community and the hungry," Hare said. "It's always great to get out and volunteer and organize and do a bunch of events."

The people that take advantage of this monthly gathering, like Jamie Cornett, said they just want to be loved and respected like anyone else.

"You would never think, looking at me, that I'm homeless," Cornett said. "Cuz we -- every homeless person that comes here they have a different look and come from different walks of life and you can't judge a person by the way -- the way they look out on the street."

Katy McGuire with Burrito Brigade said the services they provide at this event are in desperate need for the community.

"We provide services that, unfortunately, are lacking in the community currently," McGuire said. "We don't have enough available housing, there's not clothes, donations, food -- it's lacking. So, we want to do something about that in the small way that we can."

If you'd like to help out with the efforts of the Neighborhood Anarchist Collective, you can check out their website by following this link.

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